Our services are getting better! Beginning September 12, 2012 the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Department), Division of Food Safety (Division) will accept on-line payments for new and renewing food permits, inspection fees, and export certificates. The Department hopes the on-line system will allow you the flexibility and convenience to easily make your payment. To utilize this on-line payment system, simply visit http://www.FreshFromFlorida.com and click “Online Payments”. If you have any questions regarding on-line payments you may call the Division at 850-245-5520.
The Division of Food Safety is responsible for assuring the public of a safe, wholesome and properly represented food supply through permitting and inspection of food establishments, inspection of food products, and performance of specialized laboratory analyses on a variety of food products sold or produced in the State. The Division monitors food from farm gate through processing and distribution to the retail point of purchase.
The Division is charged with administration and enforcement of the food and poultry and egg laws, and also provides support in the enforcement of other food safety laws. In addition to regulatory surveillance and enforcement, the Division evaluates consumer complaints related to food. The Division has the responsibility for carrying out its duties or support functions as directed by the following Florida Statutes Chapters: 500, 501, 502, 503, 531, 583, 586, and 601.
The Division of Food Safety is comprised of four bureaus, the Bureau of Food and Meat Inspection, the Bureau of Food Laboratories, the Bureau of Chemical Residue Laboratories, and the Bureau of Dairy Industry . The Division is assisted by an Administrative Support Section, a Compliance Monitoring Section, and a Methods Development/Data Evaluation Section.(test)
If you have questions about the Division of Food Safety, please contact us. Please refer to our contact information.
COTTAGE FOODS LEGISLATION:
During the 2011 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 7209 allowing individuals to manufacture, sell and store certain types of “cottage food” products in an unlicensed home kitchen.
The Cottage Food law became effective on July 1, 2011. To better assist prospective cottage food operators, the Division of Food Safety (Division) created a draft guidance document which contains more detailed information regarding cottage food requirements.
The Division plans to update this document as further information becomes available, so please check back often!
Cottage Food Guidance Brochure
Cottage Food Legislation Frequently Asked Questions
SMALL FARM LEGISLATIVE REPORT:
Food Safety testing confirms that Florida seafood is safe!
Summary of seafood findings
PAH analyses by NOAA MS and DOSS by LC/MS
PAH analyses by LC Fluorescence and DOSS by LC/MS
Comparison of PAH analyses by LC Fluorescence and NOAA MS and DOSS by LC/MS