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Health inspection reports for Minneapolis food businesses.

Inspection reports

Food for thought

A health inspection is a snapshot in time.

A health inspection can be compared to a checkup at your health clinic. At your checkup, the doctor or nurse may tell you that you are in good shape, but you should exercise a little more, lose a few pounds, and eat more fruits and vegetables. In other words, you are basically healthy but could make a few improvements.

Think of a health inspection as the annual physical of a food business. A healthy business can follow correct procedures to safely handle and serve food, and still have room for some improvement. Even the best businesses can have violations.

Lookup health inspection reports

Lookup health inspection reports for food businesses in Minneapolis.

Download bulk health inspection data through the Minneapolis Open Data portal.

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About health inspection reports

Report scoring

A health inspection report begins with a score of 100. Violation points are subtracted from 100 to determine the final score for a business. Violations receive either zero, two or four points each.

The reports also include items fixed during the health inspection. These violations are called, “corrected on-site.” Violations corrected on-site are given zero points.

How often are businesses inspected?

Businesses have a routine inspection every 12, 18 or 24 months. How often a business is inspected depends on the food preparation methods used.

A follow-up inspection is done if a business scored 91 points or lower on their most recent inspection. If a business has an inspection report score of over 91 points, health inspectors have the discretion to do a follow-up inspection on significant issues.

Some routine inspections reports with more than 91 points have a follow-up inspection. This is because Priority 3 violations formerly received one point each. All inspection scores have been recalculated to show Priority 3 violations as zero points. 

As of January 2020, follow-up inspections will be done within about 14 days. During follow-up inspections, health inspectors check if violations have been corrected.

What happens at a health inspection?

The main job of a Health Inspector is to make sure a business is serving safe food. Health Inspectors check how food is received, stored, prepared and cooked. They also check that food safety rules are followed. Some food safety rules are about:

Health inspectors check many other items when doing a health inspection.

Any practices that do not meet Minnesota Food Code or Minneapolis food ordinances are reported as violations. Violations are either Priority 1, Priority 2, or Priority 3.

Priority 1, 2 and 3 violations

Priority 1 violations - These violations are given four points each. They are the most serious violations. They can cause food to be unsafe or can cause an injury. Examples are

Priority 2 violations – These violations are given two points each. Priority 2 violations are things that are done to control food safety risk factors. Examples are a handsink without soap or not having a thermometer.

Priority 3 violations – These violations are given zero points. Priority 3 items relate to general cleanliness and maintenance. Examples are broken equipment or dirty floors.

What happens when a business has violations?

Health Inspectors write orders to the owner or operator to fix the problem that caused the violation. 

Some violations must be corrected immediately. Some violations are given more time to be corrected.

Which businesses have health inspection reports online?

Which businesses do not have health inspection reports online? 

These businesses are inspected by state agencies. They are not inspected by the Minneapolis Health Department.

Food codes

Minnesota Food Code

Minneapolis Food Code   

Glossary of health inspection terms

MN Food code glossary  (MN Food Code section 4626.0020, 1-201.10 statement of application and listing of terms)

See a health inspector in action!

A large part of a health inspector's job is building relationships with restaurant owners and managers to make sure the food served in our community is safe. 

Watch a video of a health inspector in action.

Last updated Feb 18, 2020

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