Food Service Program
The Department of Health works with food service establishments as defined by s. 381.0072, Florida Statute to help ensure their products are not a source of foodborne illness. Generally this includes food service operations located in institutional settings (such as schools, assisted living facilities, detention facilities, adult day cares, etc.), 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, pop corn, hot dogs and nachos). The codes and standards for food service establishments are found in Chapter 64E-11 (192 KB Pdf), Florida Administrative Code.
For complete information consult the Food Safety and Sanitation website.
Due to past 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.
Most Restaurants in our state are licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. You can contact them at 850-487-1395.
Most Grocery stores and convenience and convenience stores in our state are permitted by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.