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State Food Safety Programs Should Improve Performance and Financial Self-Sufficiency, Report No. 08-67, December 2008
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  • Three Florida departments have food safety programs–Agriculture and Consumer Services, Business and Professional Regulation, and Health. While all three programs license, inspect, and carry out enforcement activities, they have varying statutory authority, regulate separate sectors of the food service industry, and assess different regulatory fees. In addition, the agencies have key inspection differences and provide varying levels of consumer access to inspection results. The three programs work cooperatively to reduce duplicate inspections, but some establishments receive multiple state inspections because of the range of non-food products they offer.
  • None of the agencies inspected food establishments as frequently as provided by state law or department criteria and two have not met the Legislature’s goal that regulatory programs be financially self-sufficient.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Food Safety and Quality
Hotel and Restaurant Regulation
Community Public Health

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-44 State’s Food Safety Programs Have Improved Performance and Financial Self-Sufficiency, published in June 2010.
  • Report No. 09-05 Providing a Free Breakfast to All Public School Students Would Be Costly for Most School Districts,published in February 2009
  • Report No. 09-04 School Districts’ Food Service Programs Generally Are Not Financially Self-Sufficient, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-03 No Changes Are Necessary to the State’s Organization of School Nutrition Programs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 09-02 Best Practices Could Help School Districts Reduce Their Food Service Program Costs, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 07-41 Division of Hotels and Restaurants Improves Operations and Makes Progress in Meeting Inspection Goals, published in October 2007. 
  • Report No. 05-51 Division of Hotels and Restaurants Improves Operations But Not Meeting Inspection Goals, published in November 2005.

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