Kansas Ag Deptarment Takes Over Restaurant Inspections

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) The Kansas Department of Agriculture has taken over the restaurants and lodging inspections by the state.

The change occurred Wednesday, when a law went into effect transferring those duties from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Previously, the Agriculture Department did all the other food safety inspections, including retail food stores, food processing plants, vending machines and ice cream trucks.

Officials say the change will allow food safety inspection data to be kept under one roof. Thirty-eight positions were transferred to the Agriculture Department so it could handle the increased workload.