One of Florida's Best Consumer Resources (FDACS)
When Your Detective of the Air discovered the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website, he knew he hit a TREASURE TROVE of resources available to our listeners. So Steve brought in Mary Barzee Flores, the Deputy Commissioner of Consumer Services to talk about how citizens can file an official complaint against a business for the department to investigate.
"We're getting Florida consumers close to $3 million dollars of your hard-earned money back every year."
Not only that, but there are many more resource options available to you such as the latest local information on restaurants and stores in regards to the coronavirus, charities you can donate to, how to buy fresh produce, state animal laws, concealed carry licenses, even a place where you can read an outline of consumer rights and responsibilities here in the state of Florida.
For your convenience, we've put some of the most helpful links below!
The FDACS is providing guidance to consumers and food retailers/establishments on food safety to mitigate infection risk from COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The A-Z Guide can help you find the proper agency or resource to assist you with your questions, problems and concerns.
Find information about animal diseases, Florida's Pet Law, traveling with dogs and cats, moving horses and other animals, and more.
Find out if a business is licensed and registered with us and view its complaint history.
Learn where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, ferns, Christmas trees and other products from the Sunshine State.
Use FDACS Check-A-Charity tool to find out if a charity is properly registered and how it spends donations.
Learn more about Florida's concealed weapon license program, its requirements and your eligibility.
Resources to educate Florida consumers and help protect them from unfair and unsafe business practices.
Florida residents who do not wish to receive sales calls or sales texts may have their number included on the Florida Do Not Call List.
"My Florida Home Energy" takes you on an interactive tour through your home and offers tips for improving its energy efficiency.
File a complaint with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
See a list of retail gas stations that have access to generator power during emergencies.
Find information about food safety, disaster preparedness, product recalls, food- and mosquito-borne illnesses, and more.
Find information about how to protect yourself and your family from identity theft, including child identity theft.
You can use this map to help plan your trip to Florida, find local resources, or just to learn about the different festivals and markets.
Find information about recalls of consumer products, food, motor vehicles, and recreational boats.
Learn about the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, urban forestry programs, the Don't Pack a Pest campaign and more.
Learn about fun events and places in Florida, including fairs, seafood festivals, state forests, horse trails and U-pick farms.
Every year Floridians lose money to scammers. Learn about some common scams and ways that you can protect yourself.
Learn about services for active military members and veterans, including the Operation Outdoor Freedom program for wounded veterans.
For more information and other helpful links visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website or call 1-800-HELPFLA.
Earlier last week we received a call about Lysol / Clorox wipes that were being sold for $15.00 a pop! THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS. So buyer beware: Florida has activated its price gouging hotline! If you find it, report price gouging to the Attorney General's Office online at www.myfloridalegal.com or by calling toll-free at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION YOU WANT ANSWERED, A PROBLEM YOU WANT US TO INVESTIGATE, OR A COMPLAINT TO SHARE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS, TELL US HERE AND WE'RE ON THE CASE!
IF YOU ARE A TRUSTED BUSINESS, APPLY HERE TO BE ON STEVE'S TEAM OF EXPERTS!
Until next time...