There is something a little different in today’s newspaper.
After a couple months of planning, strategizing and gathering information, we have printed the results of food inspections done by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
We didn’t come to this decision lightly. We didn’t rush the decision, either.
That’s why you’re reading January inspections on March 25. We felt it was important to do our due diligence with this topic. We plan on running the February inspections in the Saturday paper and the March inspections in the April 1 edition. After that, our plan is to run these inspections once a month.
This decision came to light with a simple question, “Why don’t you run food inspections?” Plenty of newspapers run these results. They’re open to the public. We didn’t have to make a records request or anything of that nature. We simply visited a website – a website that is open to all readers.
We came to the conclusion that readers and the community would benefit from this news.
We also made sure to include owners and managers in this discussion. The Globe strives to be completely unbiased in all news coverage. We want to be as fair as possible, and we want to get as much feedback as possible.
That’s why it was important for us to reach out to business owners/managers. We didn’t want to blindside anybody with this. And we will continue to call owners/managers for each inspection that is printed.
I understand how inspections work. Growing up, my mother ran a business where what she did was inspected at least twice a year. Those inspections were the worst part of the job. Inspectors are on a mission to find the smallest little thing and mark you for it. It’s as though they take great pleasure in finding areas where you made a tiny mistake. It’s stressful and no fun whatsoever.
When I went to look at the inspection results, I didn’t know what to expect. I would have understood if there were some unfavorable results mixed in there. I was really amazed with the Atchison County results. There were very few violations – and some businesses didn’t even have a violation.
Those that did have violations had very minor violations. When I read them, it was easy to see that the inspected businesses do an excellent job here. This isn’t me trying to suck up to people who may be offended by the inspections running in the Globe. This is me being completely honest. I would not be afraid to get food at any of these businesses. I guarantee their kitchens are cleaner than just about any home kitchen.
I understand that some will feel attacked. That is not our intention with this. It is strictly a news story. Our focus at the Globe is to provide our community with up-to-the-date news and information. Inspections are an area where we feel we can provide more information for the community.
Logan Jackson is the Globe managing editor. He can be reached at (913) 367-0583 Ext. 20410,
@loganglobe on Twitter.