City of Minneapolis: Scam Alert


Environmental Health eNews

December 3, 2015

Food Establishment News

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Scam alert

There are many scams out there. Minneapolis food service businesses are not immune. Be on the alert for suspicious calls requesting payment for a City of Minneapolis business license.

Protect yourself. Know:

City of Minneapolis license renewals are sent by mail.

All payments to the City of Minneapolis should be made out to: Minneapolis Finance.

Although Health Inspectors may talk with your about payments that are due, Health Inspectors nevercollect money or accept payments in person.

Payments to the City of Minneapolis should be mailed or made in person at City Hall or the Public Service Center.

Call 311 with any questions or to check if your business license needs to be renewed or paid. Outside Minneapolis, contact 311 by calling 612-673-3000.

Minneapolis Health Department hosts cultural training

Seventy Health Inspectors from across Minnesota, including inspectors from the City of Minneapolis, attended a training on Latino culture and foods on November 12 at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre. The training provided Health Inspectors a greater understanding of Latino foods and preparation methods they may encounter on inspections.

Presenting at the training about culture and foods were Justo Garcia, City of Minneapolis Health Inspector,  and Claudia Diaz, University of Minnesota Extension Service Food Safety Educator. They gave presentations on Latino culture, Latino foods and food businesses. After lunch, the keynote speaker was Dr. Francisco Diaz-Gonzalez, University of Minnesota Food Science and Nutrition Department Head, speaking about food safety and Latino foods.

A panel of Latino business owners spoke about their experiences and answered questions from the audience. The owners’ comments about their business struggles and successes, and their interactions with Health Inspectors were informative! The business owners speaking were:

  • Cesia Baires, Abi’s Cafe, 1532 E. Lake Street
  • Juan Linares, Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake Street
  • Miguel Zagal, Taquería La Hacienda, 334 E. Lake Street
  • Orlando Cruz, La Alborada Market, 1855 E Lake Street
  • Silvia Sacta, Cocina Latina, 3764 Nicollet Ave

At lunchtime, everyone went to nearby restaurants for delicious, Latino foods.

Registered Environmental Health Specialists who attended the training earned 6 Continuing Educational Units (CEU) from the Minnesota Department of Health.

At the end of the day, people who attended the training filled out an evaluation form about the presentations. Nearly everyone rated the training as “very good” or “excellent.” Many people made thoughtful comments, which will be used to improve future trainings.

KSTP-TV stopped by the training and ran this live story: