Lars Johnson, CP-FS, is FoodSafetyGuy

Professional credential: Certified Professional — Food Safety

Lars Johnson has been operating as Food Safety Guy since 2008, but he has been immersed in the food safety and restaurant world since 1979. Before earning the credential of Certified Professional in Food Safety, he spent countless hours behind the counter, the register, and in the kitchen of many restaurants as an hourly employee and then a manager. Lars first became a ServSafe instructor in 1994 (and has since trained and developed more than 20 other instructors), which positioned him perfectly for the next step in his career.

In response to a nationwide recognition for the increasing need for food safety training and implementation, Lars created a unique, cutting-edge position called Manager, Field Quality Assurance for his then-employer. They desired to get out in front of any potential foodborne epidemics from their restaurants, and saw the benefit of a competent trainer on staff to start their recently acquired stores (jumping from 12 restaurants to more than 80) off on the right foot. Lars developed his new role with focus on teaching food safety in the classroom as well as working together with managers and their stores on safe operations and health department compliance. The next ten years of inspection and assessment experience, doing internal audits, and reporting and responding to the results prepared him perfectly to launch his own consulting business in 2008.

As your personalized food safety consultant, Lars understands the challenges you face in your day to day operations and wants to see you succeed with solutions that will work with and for your business, not just as “one more thing” on your task and compliance list. As you know, there is risk in the food business. Fortunately, you’ve found a new ally: FoodSafetyGuy!

Phone: 651-204-9664


  • Member – Conference for Food Protection
  • Member – National Environmental Health Association
  • Member – Minnesota Environmental Health Association (Past Board Member)
  • Member – Minnesota Food Safety Partnership
  • Member – Minnesota School Nutrition Association
  • Member – Bloomington Health Department collaborative
  • National Exam Council member – Prometric (2 councils)
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