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Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative season nears end

Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk… Continue Reading

Iowa raw milk bills may need life support after today

Today is the day when bills in the Iowa Senate must clear a Senate Committee or they are pretty much dead for the year. When it comes to Senate Files (SF) 287 and 310, two bills to legalize sales of raw milk, the Senate Agriculture Committee has sent them off to subcommittees. It’s unclear whether either… Continue Reading

25 sickened in Salmonella outbreak tied to deli salads

Iowa health officials are investigating about 25 illnesses potentially linked to deli-made potato salads sold by Big G Foods in Marengo, IA. Test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa were presumed positive for Salmonella. “We have approximately 25 cases under investigation. It is possible the investigation may determine some of the 25 cases… Continue Reading

More Maytag Blue cheese recalled because of Listeria concerns

Maytag Dairy Farms is voluntarily recalling five lots of “Maytag Blue” blue cheese wedges and wheels and 15 batches of blue cheese crumbles because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened… Continue Reading

Listeria Test Causes Blue Cheese Recall

Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton announced Saturday a voluntary recall of Maytag Raw Milk Blue cheese due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a press release. The recalled product was packaged on Jan. 6 in 4-ounce wedges, 8-ounce wedges, 2-pound wheels, 4-pound wheels and 5-pound crumbles. The lot included 896 pounds of cheese… Continue Reading

Listeria Prompts Iowa Beef Stick Recall

The Edgewood Locker in Edgewood, IA today announced a recall of approximately 207 pounds of beef sticks with cheese due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Product would have been purchased from Edgewood Locker in Edgewood, IA or Greenwood Grocery in Farley, IA. The recalled product has a lot number 348 and was packaged on… Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Cases Should Result in More Disclosure

Opinion

(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

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, 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