Environmental Health - Food, Lodging & Pools
Farmers market and community events workshops
Do you sell or sample foods in Minneapolis at farmers markets or community events?
Are you an event food sponsor?
This free workshop is for you!
- Licensing requirements
- Safe food handling
- Food defense
- Health inspections
- Setting up for your event
March 20 and 25 (attend one)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, Pohlad Hall
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401
The same information will be presented at both workshops.
The workshops will be bilingual in English and Spanish.
Download a workshop flyer (PDF).
Questions? Contact Justo Garcia in the Health Department at [email protected] or 612-673-2301.
Food safety materials for businesses
Visit the Food Safety webpage for useful checklists, cooling and temperature logs, and other resources.
To learn more about Food Safety programs and the requirements for opening or operating businesses in the City of Minneapolis, visit the pages listed under Food, Lodging, and Pools. Also, visit Enforcement and Ordinances.
New Food Code
As of January 1, 2019, Minnesota has a new Food Code! Visit 2019 Major Food Code Changes to find information for businesses, managers and food workers. View the information in a flyer (PDF) - English, Spanish.
More information is on the Minnesota Department of Health Food Code site.
If you have questions about the new Food Code, contact your health inspector by calling 311 (612-673-3000) or emailing [email protected]
Staple food changes
Do you own or manage a grocery store in Minneapolis?
On December 7, 2018, Minneapolis made changes to the staple foods ordinance (Title 10: Chapter 203 of the City code). This local law requires grocery stores to stock a certain amount and variety of staple foods, like fresh produce and whole grains. The changes will make it easier for stores to stock staple foods that match their customers’ cultures and food traditions.
What do you need to know?
There are now six staple food categories instead of ten. Eggs, cheese, whole grain cereal, and canned beans have been combined with other similar categories. Stores do not have to stock as many items as before and more items count as staple foods. In early 2019, stores will receive a letter with information about the changes. The Minneapolis Health Department will offer trainings and other support to help store owners comply with the updated ordinance.
Please visit the staple foods website for more information. Contact Kristen Klingler at 612-673-2910 if you have questions.
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Environmental Health - Food, Lodging & Pools works to protect the health and safety of the public.
We do this by regulating
- Food establishments
- Hotels and Motels
- Swimming pools
- Body art establishments
- Laundry and dry cleaning operations
- Tanning facilities
- Conduct health inspections.
- Investigate complaints and outbreaks.
- Enforce applicable city ordinances, state laws, and federal regulations.
- Team members speak English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Portuguese, Lao, Thai, and Korean.
We work closely with our partners to make sure our residents and business communities have access to information and resources they need.
Our partners include
- Minnesota Department of Health ( MDH)
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture ( MDA )
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA )
- U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA )
- University of Minnesota
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
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Last updated Mar 13, 2019