The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Bureau of Consumer Health, is responsible
for licensing and inspecting approximately 10,300 food service establishments statewide. These
food service establishments include restaurants, school meal sites and kitchens, senior meal sites
and kitchens, special events, caterers, and mobile food units are regulated under the
Kansas Food Code. The Kansas Food Code is adopted from the FDA Model Code and is based on nationally
recognized scientific standards for food safety. It is intended to minimize the hazards that can
lead to foodborne illness or injury, thus ensuring safe food and optimal levels of sanitation in
food service establishments. This food safety inspection service meets a core public health function
for dining consumers.
This Web site is updated weekly with inspection results. Inspections
are unannounced and only represent the conditions found in the food service establishment at the
time of the inspection. Inspections concentrate on critical food safety processes/procedures and
sanitation essential to the control or elimination of food safety risks to the public. Violations
noted at the time of the inspection are corrected if possible. Re-inspections occur if corrections
are not achieved during the initial inspection.
There are two categories of violations: critical and non-critical. Critical violations are
items that are more likely to contribute to a foodborne illness, food contamination or
environmental health hazard. Examples of critical violations may include:
food from unsafe or unapproved sources, inadequate cooking temperatures, improper holding temperatures, and poor
personal hygiene. Non-critical violations include items relating to general sanitation and best
retail practices. Examples of non-critical violations may include: dirty floors, inadequate
lighting in food preparation or storage areas and lack of effective hair restraints.
Looking at a series of inspections over time gives a more accurate picture of the food
service establishment's commitment to food safety and sanitation. Food safety interventions,
consultations, and educational tools are employed to promote increased food safety within the
establishment. In the end, food safety is an ongoing cooperative effort that involves the
management of the establishment, food workers, regulators and consumers.
There are several reasons that an inspection may be initiated. To learn more about the
types of inspections conducted in food service establishments, select this link.
Important things to remember when viewing inspections:
- Inspections are unannounced.
- Inspections represent a snapshot in time.
- Violations are required to be corrected at the time of the inspection.
- Food safety education and interventions are tools to increase food safety controls.
- Food safety is a cooperative effort.