According to the Minnesota Food code, food preparation establishments must employ a Certified Food Protection Manager that has gained certification from an ANSI accredited program. The National Restaurant Association recognizes ServSafe Certification as its accredited program qualifying it to be used by food protection managers in Minnesota.
MN ServSafe Certification
ServSafe offers several food and alcohol safety certifications, and passing the ServSafe food manager exam meets the Minnesota Food Code’s requirements for certified food protection manager training. Minnesota also recognizes 3 other exams as meeting the requirement including the one from the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals which we regularly use.
As with many training courses, ServSafe is available via instructor led sessions and online training classes. There are positives with each type of training. Online classes can be convenient and taken at any time of day. Instructor led classes allow for interaction with your fellow food managers and give you a rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss food safety procedures with an experienced expert.
ServSafe and the other exams enable you to get certified in Minnesota for three years. Within three years, you must renew your certifications in order to comply with the food code. The health department no longer has a grace period for renewing, so it’s vitally important to stay up to date on your paperwork and take your recertification training without delay before the three year anniversary of initial certification.
While there are four exam options for food safety certification in MN, some national chains and organizations may require ServSafe as their standard for food managers in their employ. If this is the case, Safe Food Training will gladly custom design ServSafe training and examinations that meet Minnesota standards. If you’re looking for your initial certification, refresher courses or recertification instruction, get in touch with us and we’ll set up training that fits your establishment’s requirements.