Minneapolis asks food establishments to be aware of inspections scam
Minneapolis Environmental Health wants local food establishments to be aware of a recent scam in which people misrepresenting themselves as City employees call businesses claiming to want to schedule food quality inspections. While the scammers’ goal is not clear, the City has heard of several recent instances where scammers have called local food businesses. The City of Minneapolis recommends that businesses not call back or respond to these inquiries. If you receive a call, please record the phone number of the caller and file a complaint with the State Attorney General’s office and contact local law enforcement so they are aware of the issue.
Minneapolis Environmental Health inspectors make thousands of inspections in the City each year, but they generally do NOT call ahead to schedule inspections. They will typically arrive at an establishment without advance notice, and follow this procedure:
- Inspectors will enter the establishment through the front door and introduce himself or herself and explain the purpose of the visit (routine, re-inspection, complaint etc.) They do not call business operators in advance prior to the inspection.
- City staff will have a picture ID, inspector badge and business card.
- City inspectors will wash their hands before the inspection.
- City staff will explain the issues with the person-in-charge or the certified food managers and will get a signature from them.
Published Jul. 22, 2010