Minneapolis Somali-language Food Safety Coalition
Somali restaurateurs are vital to Minneapolis’ business community and vibrant restaurant scene. However, many business owners struggled to meet the compliance standards critical to food safety because of language barriers.
Together, the City of Minneapolis Health Department, food safety evaluators, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and the local Somali community, created Minneapolis Somali-language Food Safety Coalition to help close service and equity gaps.
By working together, policy makers gained a better sense of how to address cultural differences to communicate food safety issues with business owners and employees, as well as insights into Somali business operations that helped the Health Department develop new best practices.
In Minneapolis, a city with a strong immigrant-owned business community, greater inclusion yields equal opportunities for health and economic success.