Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:19

The Checkout - 8/18/2015

FDACS Changes Food Safety Inspection Scoring

YOU MAY OR MAY NOT KNOW, but on July 13th the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services changed the way Food Safety inspections were scored. The Department’s explanation for the change was to make the inspections more objective and reduce the subjectivity for the inspectors. It was also an attempt to bring consistency to the inspection process. While all of these objectives sound good and seem very desirable to the Grocery industry – the system appears to be flawed.

The Florida Grocers Association (formerly FRF Grocery Council), along with various food safety professionals, have examined the results of this new scoring and have found that there is a disproportionate number of failed inspections. We have discussed the scored results with the management staff of the Division of Food Safety as well as alerting the administration to the problems that are occurring with this scoring system. FDACS is willing to meet with members of the Florida Grocers Association to discuss the situation, answer our questions and resolve any concerns. If you have any questions that you want to submit, please email them to me, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by Thursday, August 20th.

We have scheduled a meeting with the management team at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. This is an important meeting and we are inviting any of our members to attend. Below are the details for that meeting:

Grocery Industry Meeting with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
DATE: Thursday, August 27th
TIME: 10:00 am
PLACE: Connor Building, 3125 Connor Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32399

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