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Confusing packaging

Beware of packaging that does not meet Green To Go requirements. Products posing as compliant, but that actually are not, are being seen by Health Inspectors.

Terms such as degradeable, biodegradable, green alternative, and sustainably sourced are marketing terms. They do not indicate if a product meets Green To Go requirements.

In order to comply with Green To Go requirements, packaging and containers must be reuseable, recyclable or compostable. Preferred plastics are numbers 1, 2, and 5. Compostable items must be BPI certifiied or meet ASTM standards D6400 or D6868.

There are other marketing terms causing confusion about products. If you have questions about whether or not a container meets the Green To Go rules contact your Health Inspector

For more information about Green To Go and about product exemption visit the Green To Go webpagehere.  (

Picture links to video announcement in Somali

Somali Business Forum Tuesday

Somali speaking owners, operators and employees are invited to the 4th Somali Business Community Forum

Tuesday, August 25
9:00 – 11:00 am
Abubakar Islamic Center Events Hall
2824 13th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

Discussion topics include:

  • Certified Food Manager classes in Somali
  • CPED support for businesses including sharia compliant loans
  • Buying tobacco legally and youth tobacco compliance checks
  • Policies for Police officers working off duty
  • Health inspection questions

To watch a video about the forum, click on the picture at the upper left or click on the link below.

Online Health Inspection Reports

Interested in Information about health inspection reports that will be on the city’s webiste?

Health inspection reports will be made available online this fall. To help users understand the reports, Information about health inspections and the reports will be put on the city’s website.

Join us to review a draft of information for the city’s website.

Monday, September 21
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

MN Food Code revisions

The Minnesota Food Code has been under revision for the past several years.

On Monday, August 24, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture plan to publish a second “Request for Comment” (RFC) for the revision of the Minnesota Food Code, Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4626.

They are publishing this second RFC because it has been more than five years since the publication of the original RFC.

Draft language has been posted online for each chapter. The draft proposed language can be found here for review.

The Minneapolis Health Department will be hosting another community forum for food establishments to provide comments about the proposed language in the fall.

Watch for more information. In the meantime, you can submit comments or questions to the Minnesota Department of Health here.

If you have any questions regarding the second RFC or the rule revision process, please contact Linda D. Prail either at at 651-201-5792.

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HACCP Training for Processors

NSF is offering a two-day HACCP Training for Processors course in Minneapolis onSeptember 15 and 16.

The course is accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International HACCP Alliance.  The course introduces employees of the food industry to the concepts of HACCP, and satisfies the HACCP training requirement for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) approved standards (BRC, SQF, FSSC2200, etc.).

The course:

  • Reviews U.S. regulatory and international agencies responsible for the safety of food and drugs.
  • Outlines and identifies the three hazards associated with food production:  microbiological, chemical and physical.
  • Reviews selected prerequisite programs based on U.S. regulatory GMPs and SSOPs and requirements of GFSI approved standards.

Utilizes group activities and exercises to promote understanding of key concepts for implementing and maintaining a HACCP based food safety management system.

Register now

For more information contact: NSF Training and Education

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Homegrown Minneapolis openings

Apply by October 2  to serve on the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and impact local food policy and food systems! This citywide initiative is expanding our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods.

Help support our residents and increase access to quality food, address hunger and food insecurity, connect sectors of the food system, influence policy and decision making and ensure an environmentally sustainable and socially just food system.

Read more and apply to serve as a Member right here.

What does the Food Council do?

  • Engage in lively monthly meetings. Meetings are held in the early evening at locations throughout Minneapolis.
  • Contribute to working groups that address current food system issues.

Learn more at a Food Council meeting and info session!

September 9 | FOOD BUILDING- Home of Red Table Meat Co. and The Lone Grazer Creamery 1401 Marshall Street NE (map)

5:30-7:30pm: Food Council meeting
7:30-8:00pm: Food Council info session

Interpreters will be available upon request. Please contact Tamara Downs Schwei, Homegrown Minneapolis Coordinator, at 612-673-3553 or

Somali Food Safety class in the news

Minneapolis Offers First Somali-Language Food Safety Course

Written food safety test is hurdle for Somali businesses