NACCHO is pleased to announce Minneapolis Environmental Health as the recipient of the 2019 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection at the Local Level. This award is given annually to local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to their communities.
The jury reviewing Crumbine Award nominations, consisting of outstanding public health practitioners, were impressed with Minneapolis Environmental Health efforts in the following ways:
- Strong evidence of quality assurance through use of peer inspections including inter-agency inspections.
- The Serving Safety program growth from 2013 to 2018.
- Comprehensive response to emerging food trends.
- Strong outreach programs especially with respect to the numerous ethnic communities served and developing materials and training that is culturally diverse and appropriate.
- Increase in staff resources which represents monumental accomplishments.
- Effective large-scale planning efforts to reduce foodborne illness risk factors at public events
“The food industry is rooted in the American dream,” said Daniel Huff, City of Minneapolis director of Environmental Health. “Start by washing dishes and work your way up, craft your family’s secret recipes or start the hot new food truck – whatever your path, this business is about economic inclusion. With Minneapolis nationally cited as a foodie destination, we support businesses so they can provide safe food and thrive as important, inclusive parts of our local economy. Our approach of culturally relevant training first and enforcement last has improved food safety in cultural communities; kept up with emerging food trends; and had monumental results for economic inclusion, public health and health equity.”