Illness Reporting for Food Service Fact Sheet

Fact sheet for food workers and food managers. This fact sheet is available for download in five languages (English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Chinese).

Minnesota Department of Health
Revised 4/2013

Foodworker Responsibilities:

You MAY NOT WORK if you have:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

If you have been told you have one of the following illnesses, you must report the illness to your manager:

  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Hepatitis A

Some illnesses that cause diarrhea or vomiting can be transmitted from foodworkers to customers. You may temporarily be given work assignments that do not put customers at risk of getting sick.

Reporting Policy

You must report any incident of diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin or whites of eyes) to your manager. You must also report to your manager if you have an open, infected wound so precautions can be taken to prevent food contamination.

Manager Responsibilities:

Ill Employee Policy Exclude all ill employees from the establishment while they have:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

NOTE: Employees may not return to work for at least 24 hours after symptoms have gone.

Record all employee reports of diarrhea, vomiting, or jaundice on an employee illness log. This illness log should be available to the health department upon request.

Exclusions and restrictions may apply if an employee has been diagnosed with:

  • E. coli O157:H7
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Hepatitis A

You must notify your local health department of any employee diagnosed with any of the illnesses listed above.

Customer Complaint Policy

You are required to notify your health department of:

  • Complaints from customers who report becoming ill with diarrhea or vomiting after eating at the establishment, or
  • Complaints from customers who test positive for E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Shigella, or hepatitis A after eating at the establishment.

Customer complaints may also be reported directly to the MDH Foodborne Illness Hotline at the number below. MDH will then contact the appropriate health department for follow up.

MDH Foodborne Illness Hotline: 1-877-FOOD-ILL (1-877-366-3455)

Updated Monday, April 22, 2013 at 12:34PM