The state of Minnesota does not require any common kitchen employees to receive a Minnesota Food Handlers License.
Keep in mind though, some employers or restaurant managers will require food handlers to complete training regardless of Minnesota state laws.
Per Minnesota law, every food establishment must have at least one Certified Food Manager on staff.
What is the MN Food Handlers License?
The MN food handlers license, also known as the Minnesota food handlers card and/or permit, is a certificate proving to employers and public health inspectors alike that you are qualified to handle unpackaged food products served to the general public.
Minnesota Food Manager Certification
According to state law, Minnesota retail food establishments MUST have at least one person on staff who has passed a food service training and certification program. This requirement is covered by someone receiving a MN Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) card.
So although there is no Minnesota food handlers license requirement for common kitchen employees, it still may be in your best interest to receive and pass the test for Food Manager Certification/ CFPM.
Not only will this help you during your job application, but it will make you a safer and more well rounded employee.
In order to receive a food managers certificate, one must take a state-approved food safety course for managers… and successfully pass their test.
Minnesota currently recognizes and accepts certifications from the following National ANSI Certified Food Manager programs:
- 360Training.com, Inc.
- National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
- National Restaurant Association
- Prometrics Inc.
Keep in mind, local county agricultural departments are the regulatory body that oversees all food safety laws. And each county’s regulations may vary or evolve over the years.
Thus, it’s important to ALWAYS double check with your local department of agriculture on Minnesota food handling requirements, in addition to other retail food establishment specifics.
Other Requirements That May Be Helpful:
- Good Communication Skills
- Being able to stand long periods of time
- Knowledge of basic food safety