Kansas Department of Agriculture

The Kansas Senate, on a 37-3 vote, has sent the House a bill permitting on-the-farm sales of raw milk with the requirement it is sold with a warning label because the product is not pasteurized.

it is expected to pass the House and remove for this year the possibility that Kansas would ban raw milk sales entirely. The state has about four dozen raw milk dairies.

A Kansas judge last year struck down as unconstitutional a 53-year-old statute that banned any raw milk advertising off the farm where it was sold.

State officials accepted that ruling, but the Kansas Department
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Health and agriculture officials in Kansas have partnered to launch a new food safety website for the state in an effort to reduce anonymous complaints and better identify and investigate foodborne outbreaks.

logo Kansas Department of HealthThe website — www.foodsafetykansas.org — has links for the public to file complaints with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

The health department is handling reports about actual illnesses and the agriculture department is fielding complaints about problems observed by the public such as a lack of employee hand washing or evidence of pest infestation.

“The goal of FoodSafetyKansas.org is
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Kansas officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak among people who attended an annual festival at Louisburg Cider Mill, with the cause proving elusive after initial tests did not find the pathogen in the production area, finished cider or whole apples.

Seven people have been laboratory-confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Louisburg Cider MillJosh Hebert, president of the 39-year-old operation, said the company is continuing to cooperate fully with state and federal officials. The KDHE and personnel from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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An outbreak of norovirus infections that has sickened more than 600 who ate at a dinner theater in Overland Park, Kan., is the focus of much investigation and a $40,000 cleanup. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA), and Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) converged Friday at the New Theatre Restaurant to educate staff about norovirus, oversee cleanup, and observe food safety practices. NewTheatreRestaurant_406x250Owners of the New Theatre Restaurant reported it has contracted with Germicide Pro, which spent six hours cleaning the facility on Friday. The company reported using an EPA-registered
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