Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Launches New, Consumer-Friendly Website

Oct 02, 13 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Launches New, Consumer-Friendly Website

Contact the Office of Communications: (850) 617-7737 • Communications@FreshFromFlorida.com

Features Include Interactive Map of Florida Events and Activities, Searchable Gulf Oil Spill Seafood Testing Database, Fresh From Florida Recipes, Live Chat for Help

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced the launch of a new, interactive and consumer-friendly website for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today.

“We’re working to improve the way we provide information to and interact with Floridians,” said Commissioner Putnam. “The new FreshFromFlorida.com helps us do just that. Floridians look to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for a wide variety of reasons – from recreational opportunities on Florida state forests to consumer assistance and information to recipes featuring Florida-grown products – and the newly designed website will allow them to more easily find what they are looking for.”

The new website features a search function on the home page that will allow users to search any topic and get to the right page quickly. The consumer hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA and a live chat are also featured prominently, encouraging Floridians to contact the department for consumer assistance and information.

Hundreds of recipes made with Fresh From Florida products are available for consumers to browse at www.FreshFromFlorida.com. Consumers can see what crops are in season, find recipes developed by Florida Chef Justin Timineri, post comments and share their favorites on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.

An interactive and searchable database shows Floridians the extent of seafood testing conducted after the 2010 Gulf oil spill and assures them that Florida seafood is safe. Out of 3,610 samples of seafood and 58,340 analyses, not one has failed the rigorous food safety standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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