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Food Hygiene

Environmental Health Program of Jackson County

Environmental Health staff regulates and inspects food service facilities located in public and private schools, adult congregate living facilities, civic and fraternal establishments, bars and lounges, and detention facilities.  Inspection frequency is 4 times per year.  New establishments require plan review/approval.   

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

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) 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 Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) regulates and inspects public food service facilities -- primarily restaurants.  DBPR maintains the listing of restaurant disciplinary activities on their web site.

The Department of Health is responsible for regulating and inspecting food service establishments that include institutions, schools, civic or fraternal organizations, bars and lounges, and theaters that serve traditional theater foods (such as soft drinks, popcorn, hot dogs, etc.) The Department of Health also regulates temporary food events, mobile food units, and vending machines that operate at or through any of these facilities. County Health Departments inspect and issue food certificates to these facilities. Unless exempted, these food operation are required to comply with food manager certification requirements.

Coordinator of this program is Jason Hamilton.