- Health inspection reports describe what the health inspector saw at the inspection
- Routine and follow-up health inspection reports for the current year and three previous years are online
- Health inspection reports are posted within seven business days of the inspection
- Health inspections are unannounced
Food for thought
A health inspection is a snapshot in time.
A health inspection can be compared to checkup at your health clinic. At your checkup, you may be told 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 checkup 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.
How to look up health inspection reports
Look up health inspection reports for food businesses in Minneapolis.
Download bulk health inspection data through the Minneapolis Open Data portal.
How inspections work
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.
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.
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:
- Using the correct length of time and the correct temperatures when cooking, reheating or cooling food
- Washing hands correctly
- Making sure that cross contamination between raw and ready to eat foods is avoided.
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 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
- Not cooking or cooling food to the correct temperature, or
- Employees who do not wash their hands correctly.
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.
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.
Businesses with health inspection reports online
- Adult and childcare centers
- Bars (food only)
- Coffee shops
- Convenience stores
- Food shelves
- Food trucks
- Ice cream carts
- Grocery stores
- Meat markets
Businesses that do not have health inspection reports online
- Nursing homes and care centers
These businesses are inspected by state agencies. They are not inspected by the Minneapolis Health Department.
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 at work
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.