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Food Safety

​Many people do not think about food safety until a food-related illness affects them or a family member. While the food supply in the United States is one of the safest in the world, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 76 million people get sick, more than 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 Americans die each year from foodborne illness. Preventing foodborne illness and death remains a major public health challenge.

The state handles food industry licenses
The Minnesota Department of Health licenses food and beverage service establishments, including schools and food stands, in Dakota County.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture licenses food processers and manufacturers and retail food businesses in Dakota County. 

Both agencies also provide extensive food safety information for businesses, workers and everyday citizens.

Report a suspected foodborne illness
To report a suspected foodborne illness call the Minnesota Department of Health at 1-877-FOOD-ILL. Go to the Minnesota Department of Health website for more information.

Last updated: 12/27/2012 9:35 AM