Mpls. Food Inspectors Expect to Put in Overtime this Summer

Updated: 06/09/2014 6:03 AM
Created: 06/08/2014 7:35 PM
By: Cassie Hart

After more than 100 people got sick last summer at a food festival, the Minneapolis Health Department said the city failed to protect public health.

Food trucks are among the 7,000 places that Minneapolis' 18 health inspectors checked for food safety last year.

This year their workload is about to explode with the 1,000 outdoor food festivals and events scheduled and add to that the Major League Baseball's All-Star game - a five day food-eating event.

Later this summer, food inspectors will also start reviewing the food plans for the new Vikings stadium. There could be up to 180 new food venues inside, which is expected to increase the inspector's workload by 40 percent, according to the city.

All this upcoming work had the city's director of environmental health telling city council members they expect to go over budget.

Last year, inspectors were only able to get to about a quarter of those outdoor events.

One they didn't get to, a lot of people got sick with Salmonella, which can be very dangerous. More than 19 people were hospitalized.

So the goal this year is to make sure they inspect every food festival.

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