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Submitting a Stool Sample
Watch this 5-minute video showing you how to use a Minnesota Department of Health stool collection kit to easily collect your stool sample and send it to the MDH Public Health Laboratory for testing.
To report a suspected foodborne or waterborne illness call 1-877-FOOD-ILL.
Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs)
The Safer Farm Animal Contact Exhibits (Safer FACEs) training program can help you understand the risks of illness and injury from farm animals, and how to protect your visitors. Complete this free online training and the Minnesota Department of Health will provide certification that your venue has learned about these issues.
Food Safety in Emergencies
Did you know that a flood, fire, national disaster, or the loss of power from high winds, snow, or ice could jeopardize the safety of your food? Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help reduce the risk of foodborne illness and minimize the potential loss of food.
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.
Chicks and Ducklings: Salmonella
Those cute little chicks and ducklings can be a great attraction for children this time of year, but they can also be a source of illness, so it's important for those who handle them to take steps to prevent infection.
Hand Hygiene: Wash Your Hands!
Hand hygiene is a term used to cover both hand washing using soap and water and cleaning hands with waterless or alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Preventing Foodborne Illness
There is a lot you can do to handle and prepare your food safely. Learn what you can do to prepare, serve and store food safely.
Protect others if you are experiencing diarrhea!
Anyone with a diarrheal illness should avoid swimming in public pools or lakes, sharing baths with others, and preparing food for others.
Young children (children in diapers) that are experiencing diarrhea should not be allowed to go swimming or attend daycare.
If you have questions or comments about this page, use our IDEPC Comment Form or call 651-201-5414 for the MDH Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Division.