Back in May, I told you all about the passage of HB 795. This bill, which was signed by Governor Rick Scott on June 7, will enable the Department to focus its regulatory and compliance efforts on food service establishments that pose a higher risk to the public, effectively reducing the regulatory burden for businesses that have a positive compliance history. I am certain that this new Risk-Based Inspection Frequency Program will help us to continue to help businesses and protect consumers.
The Division of Hotels and Restaurants is currently required to inspect each of the state’s 47,251 food service facilities twice each year. When the new program goes into effect July 1, 2014, the division will have the discretion to inspect facilities one to four times each year using the following criteria:
- The inspection and compliance history of each establishment
- The type of food and food preparation style of the establishment
- The type of service provided
In addition to considering these three measures, the Division of Hotels and Restaurants will also consider input from stakeholders and the public while creating guidelines for the new system. I believe it is of utmost importance to hear from those who will be directly affected by these changes. Anyone who wishes to provide input may send their comments to DHR.Rules@myfloridalicense.com.
I am thrilled at this opportunity to both increase safety for consumers and continue our commitment to license efficiently and regulate fairly. I am confident that by enacting these changes to our inspection schedules, we will continue to move forward in better serving our great state of Florida.
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