Proposal would update Minnesota food code

Proposed changes to Minnesota’s food code would introduce new health standards for the state’s food service industry.

The St. Cloud Times reports that the state Department of Health and the state Department of Agriculture proposed the changes in November.

The report says the alterations reflect changes in the food industry, such as the creation of food trucks and pop-up restaurants, as well as increased consumer interest and concern in where food comes from and how its prepared.

The proposed rules emphasize “food sanitation and safety measures critical to preventing foodborne disease.”

A Minnesota Department of Health official says an administrative law judge is reviewing the proposal. If it’s approved, it would then be submitted to Gov. Mark Dayton. The changes would go into effect next January if they’re approved.


Information from: St. Cloud Times,