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Food, Lodging & Pools
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Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Food Safety

Food, Lodging & Pools routinely inspects all food service businesses in the City of Minneapolis. Businesses include restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, caterers, groceries and confectionery stores, meat markets, farmers markets, short term events where food sold or given away, vending machines, indoor food carts, and ice-cream and mobile vendors (food trucks).

Norovirus information

How to clean up vomit and diarrhea - helpful instructions from Olmsted County, MN.

Food Safety Videos

Food safety videos educate viewers about commercial kitchen food safety. The videos, produced by the City of Minneapolis Health Department, are for staff and managers of commercial kitchens. 

Video titles are Be Your Own Food Safety Inspector, Times and Temperatures, Safe Facilities and Equipment, Employee Health and Hygiene and Protection from Contamination.Food Safety Temperature Testing

Food Safety Inspection Video Pages by Language:


Time as a Public Health Control Form

Time as a Public Health Control Form (PDF) - English, Español, Soomaali, Hmoob, Tiếng Việt, Korean

Self-Inspection Checklists and Temperature Logs

Self-inspections and logging temperatures create internal peer to peer learning, strengthen training efforts by the person in charge, change facility standards and make businesses safer and more successful. Materials are available in multiple languages.

Employee Illness

Infected food workers present a severe food safety risk.

The person in charge is required to notify the local health department or the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) if any food employees are known to be infected with

Be a Germ-Buster, Wash Your Hands poster

This poster shows the six steps to cleaner hands.

Visit the MN Department of Health website for posters in Arabic, Bengali, Cambodian, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Nepalese, Russian, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

Choking poster

Conscious choking poster (PDF) - English

Food Protection Self-Audit Picture Guide and Poster Set

This picture guide and poster set can be paired with the self-inspection checklist and temperature logs above. It can be especially useful for staff training where language or literacy barriers exist.

Food Safety Posters

Emergency Handbooks

Emergency Readiness for Food Managers offers step-by-step guidance for maintaining food safety in the face of 10 emergencies that can realistically occur and significantly impact any food establishment. It also outlines a series of standard food safety and security practices. Additionally, it provides useful templates and tools to aid in their implementation. Included is a discussion Guide for Food Managers geared for staff training. 

Emergency Readiness for Food Workers is set of photo lessons. The photo lessons can be used to guide worker activities during actual emergencies.

Foodborne Illness Risks

Minimize your risk of foodborne illness. Review your establishment’s food handling practices.

The five main risk factors for foodborne illnesses are:

To reduce foodborne illness risks:

For more information visit the Minnesota Department of Health website.

Preventing Foodborne Illnesses at large events (PDF) - English, Spanish


Norovirus information

Norovirus infection is the leading cause of foodborne illness.

Norovirus is very contagious. Protect your patrons, employees and yourself with proper handwashing.

The most effective way to prevent the spread of norovirus is to wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds:

When you are sick with vomiting and/or diarrhea do not work in a food establishment. Avoid preparing food while you have symptoms and for at least three days after you recover.


What if a sick customer or employee vomits or has diarrhea in your establishment?

View the Norovirus: The ‘gift’ nobody wants, but many get (PDF) for more information.

Botulism - Scarier than Halloween!

This is not your grandmother’s canned tomatoes!

Improper thawing of vacuum packed (Reduced Oxygen packaging - ROP) frozen fish is a breeding ground for botulism. The correct way to thaw frozen (ROP) fish is:

Health Inspectors are seeing frozen vacuum packed fish thawing in unopened packaging.

Vibrio Bacteria

A healthy person who is exposed to Vibrio may experience vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain. People with compromised immune systems and pregnant women are at much greater risk.

Are you prepared if any of your customers become ill with Vibrio? Does your menu have the correct Consumer Warning? Are shellstock tags kept with the containers? After an oyster container is emptied, are tags kept for 90 days, and filed according to date?

Health Inspectors are seeing establishments that do not properly keep shellstock tags and records as required by the MN Food code.

Visit the CDC website for more information on Vibrio.

Ingredient and Allergen Labeling

Ingredient lists and food labeling are important to customers who must avoid a specific ingredient for medical or religious reasons. MN Food Code requires establishments to provide customers with information on ingredients and allergens on all foods served.

This includes the following:

The label on a food package tells consumers exactly what is inside the package. Food package label information must be written in English. There are five parts of a food label:

  1. Identity (name of food).
  2. Net Quantity of Contents.
  3. Ingredient List, including Major Food Allergens* (List all ingredients by their common or usual name)
    • List all ingredients in descending order (most to least) by weight. If less than 2% by weight, an ingredient can be mentioned at the end of the list, stating “contains 2% or less of ____.”
    • Include all sub-ingredients. Example: Flour (bleached wheat flour, malt barley, flour, niacin, iron, potassium thiamine, riboflavin).
    • Include chemical preservatives and food coloring in descending order (most to least) by weight.
  4. Business Name and Address
  5. Nutrition Facts

Major food allergens
Allergen labeling is required for packaged food products that contain any of the eight major food allergens:

Identify by name any major food allergens in the product, as part of the ingredient list. This must include protein derived from a major food allergen.

Use one of the following options:

For tree nuts, declare the specific type of nut. Examples: almonds, coconut, pecans. For fish or crustacean shellfish, declare the species. Examples: walleye, shrimp, lobster.

The Minnesota Department of health has more information.  View Food Labeling for Retail Food Establishments (PDF).


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Last updated Nov 14, 2018



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