New restaurant inspection method implemented on July 1

Risk-based frequency reduces inspections for businesses with good compliance history

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor
Headline Goes Here

A new method of food service inspection will be implemented in Florida on Tuesday.

The risk-based inspection frequency program will lower the regulatory burden for businesses that have a positive compliance history, as well as allow the department to focus its efforts in locations that may pose a higher risk to public safety.

"Florida's restaurants and food trucks not only serve the citizens of the state, but also those who are visiting on vacation, so ensuring public safety is crucial to Florida's growing economy," said Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson in a release. "This new inspection frequency program allows the department to hone our regulatory efforts, which makes great business sense for our licensees and for Florida's taxpayers."

Under the new requirements, restaurants will be categorized by risk levels rated one through four. Those levels will determine how many inspections are required to undergo each year, meaning level one restaurants will undergo one inspection per year and level four restaurants will under four inspections per year.

The complete guidelines can be found in rule 61C-1.002 F.A.C. Consumers or licensees with questions regarding the new inspection frequency can visit the department's website.

Copyright 2014 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.