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Frequently Asked Questions

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AGENCY JURISDICTION

The Department of Healthno longer has food regulatory authorityin乐动体育登录 hospitals, nursing homes, child care facilities, facilities licensed by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, many group homes, and churches, and other not-for-profit religious organizations.

For information regarding child care facilities, please contact the . 

For information regarding group homes that serve persons with disabilities, please contact the .

For information regarding hospitals and nursing homes, please contact the .  View the Agency for Health Care Administration's "Monitoring of Hospitals and Nursing Home Food Service Operations" (<1 mb PDF) notice.

1. Who regulates food operations?

乐动体育登录Food Safety in Florida is regulated by multiple agencies. The main three are: the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Additionally, the following agencies regulate food services for some of their licensees: Department of Children and Families (child care facilities, child caring agencies, etc.), Agency for Health Care Administration (hospitals and nursing homes), Agency for Persons with Disabilities (group homes that support and provide services for persons with disabilities).

(i) Generally, the Department of Health regulates food service establishments located in institutional settings (such as schools, assisted living facilities, adult day cares, and detention facilities), civic and fraternal organizations, bars and lounges that don't prepare foods, and theaters that limit their food service to items customarily served at theaters (such as beverages, popcorn, hotdogs, and nachos).  For info, contact one of our local health departments or call (850) 245-4277.

generally regulates whole-sale food operations, convenience stores, grocery stores, food processing operations, food storage/warehouse operation and non-alcoholic beverage operations (such as juice or smoothie bars and coffee houses). They can be reached by telephone at (850) 245-5520.

regulates restaurants, most mobile food vehicles, caterers, and most public food service events. You can reach their Customer Contact Center by calling (850) 487-1395 or you can .

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2. Can I conduct a food operation from my home?

乐动体育登录No, you cannot conduct a food operation from your private residence. This prohibition applies to all of the food regulatory agencies in Florida (Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Department of Health).

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3. Is my not-for-profit organization required to be licensed in order to start a food operation?

In most incidences, not-for-profit organization must have a license in  order to provide food to the public. If you will provide services that are regulated by the Department of Health or the Department of Agriculture, your activities require a license. If they do not, please contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation regarding possible licensing requirements by email or by calling (850) 487-1395.  For churches and other not-for-profit religious organizations, typically, your food service activities are not regulated by a food regulating agency; however, bakeries and food activity that go beyond immediate onsite portioning food service, such as processing, are regulated by the Department of Agriculture.

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4. I want to start a cake baking business, so what do I need to do?

Bakeries and baked goods operations are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Please click the link for more information

Top of Section generally regulates food operations that only sell packaged food items. They also regulate whole-sale food operations, convenience stores, grocery stores, food processing operations, food storage/warehouse operation and non-alcoholic beverage operations (such as juice or smoothie bars and coffee houses). They can be telephone at (850) 245-5520.

You may complete and submit a online to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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7. How do I become a Certified Food Manager?

In order to become a Certified Food Manager for Department of Health regulated facilities, you must pass an examination provided by an approved provider. For more information and a listing of approved providers, see the Food Manager Certification page.

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8. Where can I take the Food Manager Certification Examination?

The locations for the certified food manager examination is determine by the examination provider. You may for more information and a listing of approved providers, see the Food Manager Certification page.

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11. How do I make a complaint about the cleanliness, employee practices, and/or sanitation of a school, detention facility, or other type of institutional cafeteria?

To make this complaint, contact the County Health Department where the school, detention facility, or other type of institutional cafeteria is located.

Top of Section乐动体育登录) or call the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Hotels and Restaurants at (850) 487-1395

Top of Section乐动体育登录 or call the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food Safety at (850) 245-5520.

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14. How do I report that I got sick from eating food at a food operation or food event?

Please contact one of our local health departments.  Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing (F.S. 668.6076).   You may send an email to Food.poisoning@flhealth.gov or .

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15. What is a temporary event?

For Department of Health regulated events, a temporary event is any event offering food service on the premises of a food service establishment under the licensing authority of the Department of Health. These events are at a fixed location for a temporary period of time not to exceed any combination of 18 days within a calendar year and in conjunction with a single event or celebration.

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16. How do I find out information on food borne illnesses?

Food borne illness data is routinely collected. See our Food and Waterborne Disease Program.


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