Agriculture and Consumer Services: Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement

Agriculture and Consumer Services: Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement

Agriculture and Consumer Services: Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement

The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is to safeguard the public and support Florida’s agricultural economy by ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food and other consumer products through inspection and testing programs; Protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices and providing consumer information; Assisting Florida’s farmers and agricultural industries with the production and promotion of agricultural products; and conserving and protecting the state’s agricultural and natural resources by reducing wildfires, promoting environmentally safe agricultural practices, and managing public lands.

The Bureau of Investigative Services handles cases involving unfair and deceptive trade practices against consumers, theft and related crimes against the state’s agricultural industry, food safety, wildland arson investigations and protection of the state’s natural resources. It enforces both criminal and civil violations.

The Department’s Bureau of Uniform Services is the first line of defense at Florida’s borders in protecting agriculture. The Bureau operates 23 agricultural interdiction stations located on every paved highway, crossing the natural boundary of the Suwannee and St. Mary’s rivers. Agricultural vehicle inspections are conducted at each location around the clock, 365 days a year, by 224 law enforcement personnel.

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