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New Grant Funding for Translations to Improve Food Safety in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture (MDH and the MDA) have received grant funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) to translate food code documents. The grant funding will enable the agencies to:
  • Create food code resources that focus on foodborne illness risk factors for Hmong, Somali, and Spanish speaking food workers.
  • Post translated documents online for easy accessibility.
  • Inform and train regulatory staff of translated materials once available for use.

Currently, most documents interpreting Minnesota food code are in English only. We recognize there is a significant gap, especially because many front-line food employees speak a language other than English as their first language.

By having food code fact sheets and other documents available in Hmong, Somali, and Spanish, we hope to:

  • Reduce the occurrence foodborne illness risk factors and promote long-term control of foodborne illness risk factor violations.
  • Help to better serve our Hmong, Somali, and Spanish speaking communities.
  • Provide additional outreach and education for Minnesota‚Äôs retail food industry.
  • Continue to work towards uniform retail food inspections.
  • For Environmental Health information in other languages, visit the Environmental Protection Agency's multilingual websites at:

  • Updated Wednesday, 12-Aug-2020 17:21:47 CDT