Environmental Health - Food, Lodging & Pools
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E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region.
Minnesota has one case to date, but the Minnesota Department of Health is continuing to investigate additional illnesses.
CDC is advising consumers not to eat and retailers not to sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.
- Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.
- This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
Restaurants and retailers should check the label on bags or boxes of romaine lettuce, or ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce:
- If the packaging has “Salinas” on the label in any form (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t sell or serve it.
- If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t sell or serve it.
Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should not ship or sell romaine harvested in Salinas, California.
If you are buying romaine lettuce at a store:
- If the packaging has “Salinas” on the label in any form (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t buy it.
- If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t buy it.
If you have romaine lettuce at home:
- If the packaging has “Salinas” on the label in any form (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it, and throw it away.
- If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
- If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
- Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
If you have symptoms of an E. coli infection:
- Talk to your healthcare provider.
- Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
- Report your illness to the health department.
To report a suspected foodborne or waterborne illness:
- Call 1-877-FOOD-ILL (1-877-366-3455) from within Minnesota.
- Email [email protected]
- Or submit your report using the Foodborne and Waterborne Illness Report, our confidential online survey.
For more information, please visit the CDC website.
Heath inspection reports going online
Soon you will be able to see health inspection reports online for Minneapolis licensed food businesses. Routine and follow-up reports will be available for the current year and three prior years will be online. Our goal is for reports to be online by the end of the year.
Minneapolis Environmental Health invites you to a community meeting
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Eastside Neighborhood Services
1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
You can send your comments to the Health Department by email at [email protected] Include "online inspection reports" in your subject line. Or, call the Health Department at 612-673-2300.
Points removed for Priority 3 violations
You may notice a change on your next health inspection report. All priority 3 violations are now scored as zero points. Priority 3 violations will still be called as “out” and still need to be corrected, but they will not have a point value.
We made this change so that point totals more accurately reflect food safety risks.
Points for Priority 1 and Priority 2 violations have not changed.
Priority 1 violations - 4 points. Priority 1 violations directly impact food safety or injury.
Priority 2 violations - 2 points. Priority 2 violations are items that support food safety.
Help with refrigeration costs for small businesses
Xcel Energy is working with the City of Minneapolis to help small business owners save money on refrigeration costs.
The energy used to run refrigeration equipment can cost a lot of money for restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, and liquor stores.
You can get money back for equipment upgrades from Xcel Energy rebates and the Minneapolis Green Business Refrigeration Program. The programs are easy to use and can pay for up to half of total costs.
The Minneapolis Green Business Refrigeration Program pays for up to 20% of the cost for equipment improvements. Businesses in Minneapolis’ Green Zone areas will receive up to 30% of project costs.
Get a free assessment for your business from Xcel Energy’s Commercial Refrigeration Program. Experts will look at your equipment. They will recommend upgrades to make your equipment more efficient which will save you money.
To qualify for City funding your business:
- Must be located in Minneapolis, and
- Be eligible for Xcel Energy’s Commercial Refrigeration Program.
The City will give a maximum of up to $10,000 to each eligible business. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served based until they are gone.
To schedule a refrigeration assessment or if you have questions, please contact the Xcel Energy Commercial Refrigeration team at (612) 455-7803 or
Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) implements the Minnesota Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Program on behalf of Xcel Energy and the Green Business Refrigeration Program on behalf of the City of Minneapolis.
Environmental Health wins 2019 Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) announced Minneapolis Environmental Health as the recipient of the 2019 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for excellence in food protection at the local level.
This award is given annually to local environmental health jurisdictions that demonstrate unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to their communities.
The outstanding public health practitioners making up the jury reviewing Crumbine Award nominations were impressed with Environmental Health’s efforts in the following ways:
- Strong evidence of quality assurance through use of peer inspections including inter-agency inspections.
- The Serving Safety program growth from 2013 to 2018.
- Comprehensive response to emerging food trends.
- Strong outreach programs, especially with respect to the numerous ethnic communities served, with culturally diverse and appropriate materials and training.
- Increase in staff resources, which represents monumental accomplishments.
- Effective large-scale planning efforts to reduce foodborne illness risk factors at public events.
Named for one of America’s most renowned health officers and health educators, Samuel J. Crumbine, M.D. (1862-1954), the award encourages innovative programs and methods that reduce or eliminate the occurrence of foodborne illnesses, recognizes the importance of food protection at the local level, and stimulates public interest in food service sanitation.
In addition to English, team members speak Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Thai, Lao, Oromo, Amharic and Mongolian.
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.
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:
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.
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Environmental Health Newsletters
Environmental Health - Food, Lodging & Pools works to protect the health and safety of the public.
We do this by regulating
- Food establishments
- Hotels and Motels
- Swimming pools
- Body art establishments
- Laundry and dry cleaning operations
- Tanning facilities
- Conduct health inspections.
- Investigate complaints and outbreaks.
- Enforce applicable city ordinances, state laws, and federal regulations.
- Team members speak English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Portuguese, Lao, Thai, and Korean.
We work closely with our partners to make sure residents and businesses have access to information and resources they need.
Our partners include
- Minnesota Department of Health ( MDH)
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture ( MDA )
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA )
- U.S. Department of Agriculture ( USDA )
- University of Minnesota
Should you require a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate, or information in an alternative format, please contact 612-673-2301.
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Last updated Nov 22, 2019