Food Safety

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  • Getting Sick From Food: Foodborne Illness

  • Foodborne illness is caused by consuming food or beverages that are contaminated by disease-causing microbes or pathogens. Find out which diseases are spread via food, and what you can do about them.
  • Food Business Safety

  • Food safety in restaurants, cafes, and other food and beverage establishments. Including food manager certification, food and beverage establishment licensing, regulations and food code, and more about keeping food safe in food business.
  • Food Safety Alerts and Food Recalls

  • A food recall is a voluntary action by a manufacturer or distributor to protect the public from products that may cause health problems or possible death.
  • Teaching Food Safety

  • Resources for teaching food safety to kids, including curricula and tool kits.


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Reporting Suspected Foodborne Illness

Please call the Minnesota Department of Health if you suspect you have a foodborne or waterborne illness. MDH will relay the necessary information to the appropriate local health authorities.

Keeping food safe during buffets and picnics
Keeping Food Safe During Buffets or Picnics

Buffets or picnics can be a means to transmit disease among your guests if care is not taken in how the food is handled.

Chili or Soup Cook-Off Fundraisers
Beginning August 1, 2014, community-based nonprofit organizations, such as a service group or chamber of commerce, may hold chili or soup cook-offs without a food license if they meet certain criteria.

Stay healthy around pets, zoos and fairs
Preventing Illness Associated with Animal Contact

How to stay healthy around household pets, petting zoos and fairs.