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ABOUT THE INSPECTIONS DATA

The Division of Hotels and Restaurants conducts regular inspections of public food service and lodging establishments to ensure compliance with all state sanitation and safety laws.

All restaurants, food trucks and other food vendors in Florida are inspected a minimum of one to four times a year, depending in part on their past compliance record.

Food establishments do not receive grades or ratings based on their inspection results. Instead, the state’s Sanitation and Safety Specialists assess food service violations in various categories and determine whether the establishment is in compliance, if it warrants a follow-up inspection or if a temporary emergency shutdown is needed.

The information below is directly from the department’s website, available at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/inspections.html.

CATEGORIES

There are three main types of food service violations: High Priority, Intermediate & Basic.

High Priority Violations: High Priority food service violations are those which could contribute directly to a foodborne illness or injury.

Intermediate Violations: Intermediate food service violations are those which, if not addressed, could lead to risk factors that contribute to foodborne illness or injury.

Basic Violations: Basic violations are those which are considered best practices to implement.

To download a complete copy of the new food service violation classifications, please click here.

EMERGENCY CLOSURES / EMERGENCY SHUT DOWNS

An emergency closure is not a disciplinary action, but rather an action taken to mitigate conditions that pose an elevated risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public or the establishment's employees. The licensee is closed until the conditions are corrected. Examples of conditions warranting immediate closure include: lack of approved utilities or hot water, sewage backups or overflows, fire damage, pest infestation or inadequate refrigeration.

A 24-hour callback inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or emergency suspension of license. The establishment may reopen only when a division inspection shows that all high priority violations that caused the suspension are corrected.

DISPOSITIONS

Each inspection report is a "snapshot" of conditions present at the time of the inspection. On any given day, an establishment may have fewer or more violations than noted in their most recent inspection. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment. Because conditions can change rapidly, establishments are not graded or rated.

MET INSPECTION STANDARDS during this visit. The inspector determined that any violations found did not warrant subsequent follow-up until the next routine inspection. Dispositions included in this result are:

  • Inspection Completed – No Further Action – Sanitary and safety conditions did not warrant a follow-up visit to ensure correction. Establishment will be inspected again at the next routine interval.
  • Callback – Complied – Return visit from a previous warning found violations to be corrected.
  • Admin. Complaint Callback Complied – Return visit resulting from an administrative complaint found violations to be corrected.
  • Emergency/ Order Callback Complied – Return visit resulting from a previous facility closure found violations to be corrected.

FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION REQUIRED: Violations require further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public. The inspector determined that violations require further action to ensure the public's health and safety, but are not severe enough to warrant immediate closure. Dispositions included in this result are:

  • Warning Issued – Sanitary and/or safety conditions require the inspector to return in the near future to ensure corrective action has been taken for violations found.
  • Callback – Extension given, pending – Return visit indicates establishment operator is attempting to comply, but is unable at this time due to circumstances beyond control. An example would be waiting for parts for a hood device or waiting for an appointment with an exterminator. Violations may not be noted again on these inspection reports.
  • Callback – Administrative complaint recommended – The establishment operator has not corrected the violations found in the initial inspection and further action is necessary to ensure compliance.
  • Administrative complaint recommended – Existence of high priority violations found in an initial inspection require administrative action to ensure compliance.
  • Admin. Complaint Callback Not Complied – Corrections to violations that resulted in an administrative complaint were not completed at the time of inspection. Violations may not be noted again on these inspection reports.
  • Administrative Complaint Time Extension – Return visit indicates establishment operator is attempting to comply, but is unable at this time due to circumstances beyond control. Violations may not be noted again on these inspection reports.
  • Emergency Order Callback Time Extension – Return visit indicates establishment operator is attempting to comply, but is unable at this time due to circumstances beyond control. Violations may not be noted again on these inspection reports.

FACILITY TEMPORARILY CLOSED: Operations ordered stopped until violations are corrected. The inspector recommended closing the facility immediately after finding conditions that may endanger the health and safety of the public. Dispositions included in this result are:

  • Emergency order recommended – Conditions have been found that endanger the health and safety of the public requiring immediate closure of the establishment.
  • Administrative determination recommended – The establishment is operating without a license and action is being taken to ensure proper licensing is completed.
  • Emergency Order Callback Not Complied – Corrections to violations that resulted in an emergency order were not completed at the time of inspection. Violations may not be noted again on these inspection reports.

A 24-hour callback inspection will be performed after an emergency closure or emergency suspension of license. The establishment may reopen only when a division inspection shows that all high priority violations that caused the suspension are corrected.

FREQUENCY OF INSPECTIONS

As of July 1, 2014, the division inspects all public food service establishments according to the risk-based inspection frequency adopted by rule 61C-1.002, F.A.C., as required by Florida Statute.

Under the risk-based inspection frequency requirements, food service establishments are categorized by risk levels rated one through four. Assigned risk levels directly coincide with how many inspections establishments are required to undergo each year.

An establishment’s initial classification is assigned upon annual inspection or upon application for a license and verified at the licensing inspection. Additionally, at the beginning of each fiscal year, the division will reassess each establishment’s inspection frequency classification and reclassify an establishment, if necessary.

Classification Public Food Service Establishment Classification Guidelines Minimum Annual Inspections
Level 1 Establishments licensed as annual temporary public food service establishments or vending machines; or Establishments that:
Do not cook raw animal food; or Cook raw animal food, but do not cool any cooked or heated foods
1
Level 2 Establishments that:
Cook raw animal food and cool any cooked or heated foods; or
Conduct a special process as described in 3-502.11 or 3-502.12, Food Code, as adopted by reference in rule 61C-1.001, F.A.C.; or
Serve a raw or undercooked animal food that requires a consumer advisory under 3-603.11, Food Code, as adopted by reference in rule 61C-1.001, F.A.C., or rule 61C-4.010, F.A.C.
2
Level 3 Establishments with a history of non-compliance resulting in three or more disciplinary Final Orders filed with the Agency Clerk within the previous two annual inspection cycles; or Establishments that serve a highly susceptible population as defined in the Food Code, as adopted by reference in rule 61C-1.001, F.A.C. 3
Level 4 Establishments with a confirmed foodborne illness within the previous calendar year as reported by the Florida Department of Health. 4