Friday, 29 May 2020 11:07

Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Tax-Free Holiday is coming soon. Beginning May 29 through June 4, consumers can save money while stocking up on hurricane supplies. 

Eligible items that consumers can purchase tax-free include: 

  • Portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less;
  • Certain portable radios selling for $50 or less;
  • Tarps selling for $50 or less;
  • Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits selling for $50 or less;
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less;
  • Packages of certain battery types, selling for $30 or less;
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less;
  • Portable generators for use in a power outage selling for $750 or less; and
  • Reusable ice selling for $10 or less.

To help you inform your customers about this opportunity to save on hurricane supplies, we’ve developed a number of social media posts and graphics for you to share on your channels. Attached, you’ll find a social media slate of assets for you to browse, select and post. Be sure to use #FloridaRetail and #DisasterPrep2020 to help us spread the word or tag us. We’re @FloridaRetail on Facebook and Twitter. 

Do you have questions about how to apply the tax-savings to your customers’ purchases? Click here to view a TIP Sheet from the Florida Department of Revenue. It details what items qualify, how to apply to sale items and how to process exchanges and returns.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 09:01

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Issues Voluntary Recall of Cold Brew with Coconut Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has initiated a voluntary recall of three batches of Cold Brew with Coconut Cream Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert pints because they may contain an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The recall was initiated following receipt of a single customer complaint of an allergic reaction.

Cold Brew with Coconut Cream Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert was distributed nationwide in grocery stores, in Jeni’s scoop shops, and online at in pint packages.

The recalled pints can be identified with the following batch codes on the underside of the pint container:

  • 19-016
  • 19-086
  • 19-154

The Company has likewise pulled the flavor from its scoop shop offerings.

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Purely Elizabeth Issues Voluntary Recall of Sea Salt Probiotic Granola Due to Undeclared Allergen

Purely Elizabeth is initiating a voluntary recall of their Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic granola due to a mislabeling error that has resulted in an undeclared allergen (walnuts) being present.

This recall has been initiated because it has come to their attention that briefly during production, pouches of Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola were used to package Maple Walnut Probiotic Granola. All mislabeled pouches of granola were packed into master cases labeled as 8oz Maple Walnut Probiotic Granola.

Impacted are 166 cases that include the following lot codes, which can be found on the back of the packaging:

Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Granola
UPC 855140002687
Lot Code: OH29519
Best by 10/21/20

All retailers nationally have been notified at this time. Customers are asked to immediately examine their inventory and destroy product from this specific lot code. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts, specifically walnuts, run the risk of experiencing a serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 08:43


In Florida, the retail industry is one of the foundations of our diverse economy. The industry is made up of 270,000 businesses, and they provide more than 2.7 million jobs for Florida families. This important pillar of our economy is at risk, however. Foreign and out-of-state retailers are capitalizing on our state’s outdated tax laws, and they’re stealing business from Florida retailers.

The Legislature must act now.

Since the rise of the Internet, consumers have gradually moved from shopping in traditional brick-and-mortar stores to finding what they need online. Many Florida retailers — always aiming to meet the needs of their consumers — have expanded their online platforms and services. Consumers can now easily support their favorite Florida stores in person or online.

Unfortunately, Florida’s tax laws have not been modernized as quickly. As a result, foreign and out-of-state businesses are able to avoid collecting and remitting the taxes on purchases made by Florida consumers, leaving the consumer with a cumbersome tax liability.

Florida is one of just two states in the nation that has not fixed this problem. Until we do, Florida retailers will continue to lose out to foreign businesses. And when Florida retailers lose, we all lose.

It’s Florida retailers who provide 2.7 million jobs for Florida families. It’s Florida retailers who contribute more than $155 billion to our economy every year. It’s Florida retailers who support local charities and nonprofits.

As long as we let this scheme continue, Florida retailers will continue to lose ground, cut jobs and reduce employee benefits. And their contributions to our communities will come to a screeching halt.

SB 126, sponsored by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, and HB 159, sponsored by state Rep. Chuck Clemons, R-Newberry, can fix this problem. This legislation will level the playing field and restore the free market by enforcing the law and requiring all businesses to pay Florida the taxes they owe.

We must ensure that Florida businesses are able to compete locally and globally and are not hindered by outdated regulations in their home state.

We need a level playing field that does not give a leg up to foreign and out-of-state retailers. We need a level playing field in which businesses can fairly compete for customers. We need a level playing field where Florida businesses that offer quality products, excellent customer service and affordable prices will succeed.

Tell your legislators to choose Florida businesses over foreign businesses. Ask them to pass E-Fairness legislation this upcoming session. Let’s restore the free market and level the playing field so Florida businesses can compete — and win in 2020.

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 13:19

Dear Food Establishment Owner,

It is time to renew your food establishment permit to ensure your food permit remains compliant for the 2020 permit period. Your 2019 food establishment permit will expire on December 31, 2019.

For the 2020 food establishment permit renewal cycle, the department has added the ability to become permitted as a Hemp Food Establishment. If you are, or anticipate selling food products containing hemp extract, which includes CBD and other cannabinoids, you should select yes to the hemp extract question.

Please visit the below website to renew your food establishment permit(s) today. Step by step instructions are located on the website. The renewal fee amount and any outstanding fees must be paid in full prior to the department issuing a food establishment permit.

Please Note: Operating a food establishment after December 31, 2019, without a valid permit is a violation of Chapter 500, Florida Statutes, and Rule 5K-4, Florida Administrative Code, and is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, and/or the closure of your business.

If there has been a change of ownership at your location the new owner must submit a new application. Applications can be completed online at

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Food Safety Division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (850)245-5520 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional assistance.

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