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Environmental Health - Programs - Food Hygiene Facilities

 

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Visit the Florida Department of Health Food Safety and Sanitation webpage.


Sanitary inspections are routinely conducted at school cafeterias, fraternal organizations, lounges, health care institutions and theaters. The purpose of these inspections is to prevent the spread of foodborne disease and illness.

The Volusia County Health Department Environmental Health provides a four hour Food Hygiene Training Course (20 kb PDF) that is an excellent tool for food hygiene managers to prepare for taking State mandated Food Manager Certification exams. The course is recognized by the State Division of Hotels and Restaurants as an approved food hygiene employee training that they require annually for all workers in the facilities they inspect. In addition it is approved by the Child Care Licensing section of Children and Family Services as a continuing education course required of managers and employees of child care centers.

The course schedule has been adjusted to 4 times per year and held on the 3rd Tuesday of the below listed course dates. Class time runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is held at the Volusia County Health Dept., 1845 Holsonback Dr., Daytona Beach.

The Registration fee is $40.00 per person payable on the day of the class. We recommend attendees bring paper and pencil for note taking as there will be a test at the end of the session. A passing score on this test will provide attendees with a certificate valid for five years. For information, pre-registration and directions, please call the Environmental Health office at 386-274-0694, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Scheduled Courses

January 21, 2014 - Instructors: R. Maglievaz / D. Guffey

April 15, 2014 - Instructors: S. Grubbs / R. Webster

July 15, 2014 - Instructors: E. Maday / G. Thomas

October 21, 2014 - Instructors: D. Diaz / R. Maglievaz

 

Restaurant Information

Q: Who do I call if I got sick at a restaurant?
A: This depends on the number of individuals that became ill. Although the Department of Health is no longer the permitting and inspecting agency of free standing restaurants, our department would conduct a HACCP investigation along with The Department of Business and Professional Regulation when these scenarios occur:

  • Always when one or more individuals were confirmed from a doctor that the illness was food related.
  • Two or more unrelated cases of foodborne illness.
  • Three or more related cases, such as members of the same family.
  • Do you need to report a food or waterborne illness? Jump to our reporting site.

If one individual becomes ill, and the foodborne illness was not confirmed, then the Department of Business and Professional Regulation should be notified at 850-487-1395

Q: I want to report unsafe or unsanitary conditions in a restaurant, caterer, or mobile food unit.
A: Phone the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395 or report the condition online.

Q: I want to report unsafe or unsanitary conditions in a grocery store, convenience store, bakery, or food processor.
A: Phone the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 850-245-5520 or 1-800-435-7352.

Q: I want to report unsafe or unsanitary conditions in a school, assisted living facility, correctional facility, civic and fraternal organization, bar not serving food, or movie theatre.
A: Phone the Volusia County Health Department at 386-274-0692.

Q: I want to report unsafe or unsanitary conditions in a childcare facility.
A: Contact the child care licensing office in your area as the Health Department no longer inspects these facilities. Contact the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96ABUSE (800-962-2873)if you suspect abuse or neglect.

Q: I want to report unsafe or unsanitary conditions in a hospital or nursing home.
A: Phone the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration at 888-419-3456. Press Option Number 1 or contact the local field office in your area. Find your area office by selecting your county on their website.

Q: I have a food product complaint that does not pertain to Meat, Poultry or Egg Products.
A: Phone the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services main emergency number at 301-443-1240.

Q: I have a food product complaint that does pertain to Meat, Poultry or Egg Products.
A: Phone the United States Department of Agriculture meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). For details, see Problems with Food Products (USDA).

Q: I have a food product complaint that does not pertain to Meat, Poultry or Egg Products.
A: Phone the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) main emergency number at 301-443-1240 or phone the Consumer Complaint Coordinator for your state or area. For details see the FDA's Questions and Answers: Problem Reporting.

Q: I want to open a restaurant, what must I do?
A: Contact The Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850-487-1395

Food Permits
Due to recent legislative changes the Department of Health no longer works with food service facilities in hospitals, nursing homes, child care facilities, many group homes, and churches and other not-for-profit religious organizations. For information regarding child care facilities, please contact the Department of Children and Families. For information regarding group homes that serve persons with disabilities, please contact the Agency for Person with Disabilities. For information regarding hospitals and nursing homes, please contact the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Q: When do I need a food permit from your office?
A: You would need a food permit from the Health Department if you are:

  • A church advertising dinners to the public.
  • A fraternal or civic organization.
  • A bar with NO (or very limited) food service - just alcohol.
  • A child care facility that prepares food other than snacks.
  • A group care facility with a population 25 or above.
  • A movie theatre.

Q: What permitting is needed for temporary food events?
A: If the vendor is a non profit organization, hosting the event on their own property, the Department of Health would not require a permit, but require the vender to fill out a temporary food event form. This would include what kinds of foods will be served, where the food is purchased, what facilities will be provided that can safely store the food, such as hot boxes or refrigerators. For example, a church or a fraternal organization is having a Bar-BQ, then the event sponsors or venders are required to notify the health department not less than three days prior to the scheduled event. The only time the Department Of Health is required to conduct an inspection of an event is when an alcoholic beverage license is required. If the event is more than three days in length, then the physical structure where the food preparation occurs shall be protected from the entrance of flying insects and other vermin. Any event where a business or organization is participating in a temporary event off of their property, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation must be notified, in which case a permit to operate may be required.


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