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Food Poisoning Cases Should Result in More Disclosure


Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa

(This editorial was first published Nov. 14, 2015, in the Des Moines Register and is posted here with permission.) More than 50 people were sickened by cooked taco meat that was served to the staff at Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School last month. The cooked meat was purchased from a grocery store shortly before it… Continue Reading

Report Reveals Source of Foodborne Illness Outbreak at Iowa High School

Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa

A recent outbreak of foodborne illness following a catered staff luncheon at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, sickened at least 58 people and canceled classes for the rest of the day on Oct. 22. A subsequent investigation by state and county health officials, summarized in a report released Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, found that meat… Continue Reading

Suspected Foodborne Illness Cancels Classes at Iowa High School

Roosevelt High School in Des Moines Iowa

Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, was dismissed early on Thursday due to dozens of illnesses possibly linked to catered food served at a staff lunch. The food was apparently not served to students. School was also not in session on Friday, but that was due to a professional development day. According to Amanda… Continue Reading

Plea Agreements Could Lead to Second Iowa Halal Trial Being Scratched


A second criminal trial in Iowa’s halal beef case will likely be scratched if the court accepts plea agreements that four defendants have reached with the government. Those defendants, along with their attorneys, are scheduled to appear at individual hearings next Friday before Chief Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles in Cedar Rapids, IA, to enter guilty pleas… Continue Reading

State Legislatures Pass on Adopting GMO-Labeling Policies This Year


U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) may want to send some thank-you letters out to state legislative leaders who shut down efforts to get in his way this year. Pompeo is the GOP’s point man in Congress on federal policy to preempt the states from writing their own laws requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This… Continue Reading

Trials Scheduled for Iowa Defendants in Halal Case


The founder of an Iowa-based global supplier of Halal meat and poultry products is scheduled for a federal criminal trial starting July 7 which is expected to take about a week. Another trial is scheduled for Sept. 28 for his two sons and the company he founded, the entity that certifies its products as Halal. The… Continue Reading

DeCosters Get Three Months in Jail, One Year of Probation

Judge expects them to appeal


Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, were each sentenced Monday in a Sioux City, IA, federal courtroom to three months in jail and one year of supervised probation. The sentences, handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett, came in response to guilty pleas from the DeCosters and their Quality Egg LLC… Continue Reading

Iowa’s Secret: Restaurant Inspections Becoming Increasingly Infrequent


Restaurant food in the Hawkeye State might be getting more risky just as it’s time once again for those quadrennial events they call the Iowa caucuses. Restaurant inspections are a state and local responsibility that has forced the cash-strapped Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA) to carry a larger share of the burden. In just… Continue Reading

Egg-Producing States File Appeal Over California’s Proposition 2


States that, until recently, sold a total of 2 billion shell eggs a year in California clearly don’t intend to give up on that lucrative Golden State market without a fight. After first getting tossed from federal court, they’ve now returned with bulked-up arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The… Continue Reading

Tour of State Legislatures Finds Spotty Interest in Food Safety Issues


Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look… Continue Reading