MIAMI, Fla. - Hospitals and nursing homes have no one to make sure the food prepared is safe to eat.
Governor Charlie Crist signed a bill stopping the state food inspections of hospitals, nursing homes, and day care centers nearly a month ago. They used to be conducted four times a year.
The Department of Health is still trying to figure out who will take over the inspections of 286 hospitals and 671 nursing homes.
The Department of Children and Families has taken over inspecting the food of day care centers.
DCF Secretary George Sheldon said his agency decided to temporarily oversee inspections at day cares because "it was the right thing to do."
DCF employees already inspect day care facilities for safety issues. Sheldon said the legislature was trying to consolidate inspections to prevent multiple state agencies from visiting the same facilities to inspect different standards.
Crist spokesman Sterling Ivey said the agencies will work together until the Legislature can re-examine the cuts next year.