Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Find tips on how to keep food and water safe to eat and drink during a storm or other emergency.
Find links to applications, forms and guidance documents.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about food safety.
When dining in or out, enjoy your oysters fully cooked. Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium that occurs naturally in marine waters. It is not a threat to most healthy people, but can cause illness in people with certain medical conditions. Fully cooking oysters completely kills the bacteria, so you can continue to enjoy oysters in many cooked preparations. When dining at restaurants, order oysters fully cooked if you have one of the risk conditions.
Learn what you can do to protect yourself and your family from foodborne illnesses.
Consumers need to be informed when it comes to buying seafood. Knowing what to look for when shopping at a seafood retail market or grocery store, or while dining in a restaurant, can help consumers get what they pay for. Unfortunately, there have been instances when some wholesalers, retailers and restaurants have substituted lesser-value fish without the consumer’s knowledge. Mislabeling seafood products is against the law.
Find tips on shopping for seafood, storing and preparing seafood, cooking fish (boiling, broiling, frying, grilling), cooking shellfish (broiling, frying, steaming), and marinating.