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To learn about opening or operating businesses in Minneapolis, visit pages listed under Food, Lodging and Pools. Also, visit Enforcement and Ordinances. 

See a health inspector on the job

Health Inspector Kenya Urena-Muro visits about 350 businesses in Minneapolis each year. A large part of her job is building relationships with restaurant operators and managers to make sure the food served in our community is safe.

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Food safety materials for businesses

Visit the Food Safety webpage for useful checklists, cooling and temperature logs, and other resources.

New Food Code

As of January 1, 2019, Minnesota has a new Food Code! To find information for businesses, managers and food workers visit:

2019 Major Food Code Changes

Staple food changes

Do you own or manage a grocery store in Minneapolis?

On December 7, 2018, Minneapolis made changes to the staple foods ordinance (Title 10: Chapter 203 of the City code).

This local law requires grocery stores to stock a variety of staple foods, like fresh produce and whole grains. The changes will make it easier for stores to stock staple foods that match their customers’ cultures and food traditions.

What do you need to know?

There are now six staple food categories instead of ten. Eggs, cheese, whole grain cereal, and canned beans have been combined with other similar categories. Stores do not have to stock as many items as before and more items count as staple foods.

In early 2019, stores will receive a letter with information about the changes. The Minneapolis Health Department will offer training and other support to help store owners comply with the updated ordinance.

Please visit the staple foods website for more information. Contact Kristen Klingler at 612-673-2910 if you have questions.  

Media spotlight

Judge writes in support of city against 'buying club'
http://www.southwestjournal.com/news/neighborhoods/2018/12/decision-uptown-locavore-buying-club/

Minneapolis hot dog stand provides lesson on good governance
http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-hot-dog-stand-provides-lesson-on-good-governance/489050831/

Teen's hot dog stand serves up food, inspiration with Minneapolis inspectors' blessing 
http://www.startribune.com/teen-s-hot-dog-stand-serves-up-food-inspiration-with-minneapolis-inspectors-blessing/488336201/

Dancer's suit may spur new labor rules for Minneapolis strip clubs
http://www.startribune.com/dancer-speaks-up-for-rights-of-strip-club-workers/461855453/

Not all Minneapolis food trucks get an annual inspection
http://www.startribune.com/why-one-in-four-mpls-food-trucks-haven-t-been-getting-annual-inspection/458286403/

Short-staffed Minneapolis Health Department juggles growing inspection caseload
http://www.startribune.com/short-staffed-minneapolis-health-department-juggles-growing-inspection-caseload/458514303/

Restaurant inspectors shift attention to high-risk violations
http://www.startribune.com/illness-risks-take-a-larger-role-in-local-restaurant-inspections/375274261/

Minneapolis translates kitchen safety for immigrants
http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-translates-kitchen-safety-for-immigrant-restaurateurs/374381301/

Written food safety test is hurdle for Somali businesses
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/somali-food-safety-test 

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Last updated May 15, 2019

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