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In Florida, three agencies share responsibilities for ensuring that only safe, and wholesome food is provided to the public. Those agencies are the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) , the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), the Agency for Health Care Administration, The Department of Children and Families, sand the Department of Health.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services conducts inspection and testing programs for the more than 30,000 retail food stores, food processing plants, food storage and distribution points, and other locations in Florida where food is sold to the public.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation regulates and inspects public food service facilities -- primarily restaurants. You can look up a restaurant's last inspection.

The Agency for Health Care Administration regulated the food served at hospitals and nursing homes that they inspect.

The Department of Children and Families inspects food service at the child care facilities they license.

The Health Department in Lee County is responsible for regulating and inspecting food service establishments that include:

  • institutions
  • schools, public and private
  • civic or fraternal organizations
  • bars and lounges
  • and theaters that serve traditional theater foods (such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot dogs, etc.)
The Health Department in Lee County inspects and issues food certificates to these facilities. Depending on the type of population serviced, and the type of food served, these facilities are inspected either twice or four times per year. Unless exempted, these food operations are required to comply with food manager certification requirements. The Health Department in Lee County also regulates temporary food events, mobile food units, and vending machines that operate at or through any of these facilities.

Rules regarding DOH-regulated food facilities can be found in Chapter 64E-11 F.A.C.

Sanitation certificates for Department of Health-regulated food hygiene facilities are issued by the Health Department in Lee County after submitting the permit application and the Food Service Plan Review Guide (LCHD) with the required fee. The fee is based on the type of food operation. A plan review will also be required. Please contact our office if you are planning on opening a new DOH regulated food operation.

See the Community Health’s Food Safety website for more information on the state’s role in these programs.

Restaurant complaint?

In Florida, restaurants are inspected by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

Call 1-850-487-1395

Complaints regarding a convenience store or grocery store:

Are regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Call 1-850-488-2221

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  This page was updated on 2014-01-17 08:09:28.573.


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