The Food Safety Program is designed to promote, protect and improve the health
of the public by monitoring and regulating the food handling and sanitary
conditions of food service in institutional settings:
Assisted Living Facilities
Civic & Fraternal organizations
Limited Food Service
Mobile Food Units
Prison and Detention facility kitchens
Summer School food service programs
Theatre snack bars
Other Residential Facilities
Inspections are conducted within Escambia County 2-4 times a year depending on
the type of establishment. These facilities are regulated under
Florida Statute 381.0101.htm
Florida Administrative Code 64E-11
Inspections consist of (but are not limited to):
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.
areas and equipment are kept clean, safe and sanitized.
Sanitary facilities are operational, clean and equipped with hand-washing
The client will receive a permit to conduct business after:
Food Safety Manager Certificate is required for certain facilities. Please
Food Manager Certification Requirements
for more information.
Food Establishment Guide
Application for a
Payment of required
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”
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
to Hospitals and Nursing Homes and
DCF for Childcare.
The Department of Health does not regulate restaurants. Due to changes
in the Florida Legislature, restaurant inspection and permitting was taken over by the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
You may contact DBPR at (850) 487-1395.
Most Grocery stores and convenience stores in our state are
regulated by the
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
You may contact DACS at 850. 245.5520.
If you have a complaint regarding food safety and hygiene at a facility please
call us at 850.595.6700.
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