Food Hygiene Program
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
The Food Hygiene Program is designed to promote, protect and improve the health of the public by monitoring and regulating food handling and sanitary conditions of food service in institutional settings.
- After school meal program
- Adult day care
- Assisted living facilities
- Bars and lounges
- Civic & fraternal organizations
- Crisis stabilization unit
- Detention facility
- Domestic violence shelter
- Intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled
- Mobile food units
- Movie theater
- Prescribed pediatric extended care
- Recreation camps
- Residential treatment facility (ACHA)
- Summer school food service programs
- Transitional living facility
Inspections Consist of:
- Ensuring that food is stored, handled and served in a sanitary manner to prevent cross contamination and the spread of food-borne illness.
- Utensils and serving equipment are properly cleaned and sanitized.
- Work areas and equipment are kept clean, safe and sanitized.
- Sanitary facilities are operational, clean and equipped with hand-washing facilities.
The Client will Receive a Permit to Conduct Business after:
- Completing a Food Establishment Guide. (Located in the Applications & Forms Section)
- Application for a Sanitation Certificate. (Located in the Applications & Forms Section)
- Payments of required Permit Fees are received.
- Facility Plans are submitted and approved (if opening business)
- Construction site evaluation conducted and approved (if opening business)
- Proof of “required training” through the Department of Health (if applies)
- Final Inspection is conducted and given a rating of “Satisfactory”
As of July 1, 2010, due to changes in the Florida Legislature, the Department of Health no longer regulates Food Safety in Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Childcare Centers. Please contact ACHA in regards to Hospitals and Nursing Homes and DCF for Childcare.