The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued administrative orders assessing civil penalties for violations of state food service or lodging regulations, or for operating without a license.
Letters were mailed on the days indicated to the following establishments:
Civil Penalty (fine):
· March 20 KFC/Taco Bell #26, 1920 Military Road, Baxter Springs
· March 20 El Charro, 22 S. Main, Fort Scott
· March 20 Sol Azteca Mexican Grill, 542 Southwest Blvd., Kansas
· March 20 IHOP #3192, 20014 W. 153rd St., Olathe
· March 26 Casa Alvarez, 1701 W. Wyatt Earp, Dodge City
· March 26 Ethel’s Café, 105 W. Broadway Ave., Leoti
· March 31 The Shop, 613 N. Baltimore, Derby
· March 31 Dutch Mills (mu#1191), 3200 Southeast Blvd., #77, Wichita
· March 31 El Centenario, 2201 W. Douglas, Wichita
· April 3 Seward County Community College, 1805 N Kansas,
· April 3 El Puerto, 838 Minnesota, Kansas City
· April 3 Jax Sports Bar & Grille, 1907 E Mary, Garden City
· April 3 El Mezcal III, 5301 S.W. 21st St., Topeka
· April 17 Rong Xing Buffet, 412 S. 10th St., Atchison
· April 17 Rodeway Inn, 1640 W. Crawford, Salina
· April 17 Outback Steakhouse, 1851 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City
· April 18 China Buffet, 2 National Ave., Fort Scott
· April 28 RC’s BBQ, 1000 N. 82nd St., Kansas City
· April 28 Spear’s Restaurant, 1930 N. Woodlawn, Wichita
Emergency Order of Temporary Suspension:
· March 18 Econolodge, 1501 Tuttle Creek Blvd., Manhattan
Order Lifting Suspension:
· March 27 Econolodge, 1501 Tuttle Creek Blvd., Manhattan
The department seeks to work constructively with licensed establishments to ensure compliance with regulations. Whenever an inspector identifies a violation, the inspector immediately notifies the person in charge and advises them on the proper way to make a correction. Violations are often corrected in this manner during the inspection. Where critical violations are not corrected with the inspector on-site, an unannounced follow-up inspection is conducted.
When an inspector documents the same violation(s) on consecutive visits to the same establishment, it is KDHE’s policy to issue fines. The fine for an individual violation can range up to $500 per violation for each day the violation is documented. All fines are subject to appeal as governed under the Kansas Administrative Procedures Act.
By statute, an establishment has 20 calendar days from the date the order was mailed, plus three days for mailing to file for an appeal or to pay the fine.
KDHE’s purpose in issuing this advisory is to promote awareness of food safety and lodging requirements and state licensing requirements.