Access to healthy food can be complicated by safety concerns surrounding how food is grown, handled, and prepared. Fresh fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods are vulnerable to contamination that cause foodborne illness. Food producers, those selling and serving food, public health officials, and community members need support in their efforts to increase consumption of safe and healthy food.
These resources identify and discuss the system of laws created to prevent foodborne illness, the role of different government bodies that enforce these laws, and why these legal requirements exist. We focus primarily on Minnesota state and local laws that provide authority to government agencies to create regulations and licensing schemes to protect the public, and reduce the likelihood of foodborne illness. Some federal statutes and regulations are referenced when relevant.
In the United States, a person who is injured as a result of a foodborne illness may bring a civil cause of action against another by claiming that the other individual is legally liable for the harm caused by the foodborne illness. This fact sheet discusses civil liability for harm caused by foodborne illness.
Federal, state, and local governments protect public health by working to reduce the risk of foodborne illness through their efforts in preventing and responding to outbreaks. This fact sheet discusses the legal basis and procedures for government agencies to respond to foodborne illness outbreaks in Minnesota.
Understanding the legal framework and government authority to prevent foodborne illness can support efforts to increase consumption of safe and healthy food. This resource identifies the system of laws created to prevent foodborne illness, the role of different government bodies that enforce these laws, and why these legal requirements exist.
Webinar: Using Law, Policy and Practice to Support Access to Healthy and Safe Food in Minnesota (2016)
As Minnesota communities look for innovative ideas to provide residents and visitors with healthy food, they must navigate legal requirements of the food safety system. Inspectors from MDA and MDH are valuable partners and resources in these efforts. This webinar addresses key challenges and opportunities identified by Minnesota communities in their work to increase access to healthy, safe food.