Minneapolis food inspection reports now online

Anyone interested in Minneapolis food inspection reports can now find them online. The food inspection lookup tool can sort information by business name or address, location, inspection date, and business category (restaurant, grocery or institution). People can look up reports on individual businesses or collect bulk health inspection data from the past three years. The City is posting this public information online to improve transparency of City data.

What happens in 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 to keep consumers safe from foodborne illnesses. Some food safety rules are about:

Practices that do not meet Minnesota or Minneapolis food rules are reported as violations.


A healthy business can follow correct procedures to safely handle food and still have room for improvement. Even the best businesses can have violations.

A health inspection report begins with a score of 100. Violation points are subtracted from 100 to determine the final score for the inspection. Priority 1 violations are the most serious violations and remove the most points; they can cause food to be unsafe. Examples: not cooking or cooling food to the correct temperature or employees not washing their hands correctly. Priority 2 violations are for conditions that control food safety risks such as a business without a thermometer or a hand sink without soap. Priority 3 violations relate to general cleanliness and maintenance including broken equipment or dirty floors.


Jan. 3, 2020

Published Jan 3, 2020



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