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DeCosters Get Three Months in Jail, One Year of Probation

Judge expects them to appeal

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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

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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

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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

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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

Legislatures Weigh Bills on Soda Labels, Microbeads, Marijuana, Powdered Alcohol, Among Others

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State legislatures remain in session from Alabama to Wyoming, with food safety mostly getting only a light touch from lawmakers who seem largely focused on budgets and education in this non-election year. In Alabama, where a new cottage food bill took effect last June 1, Extension services are getting more money for training people to… Continue Reading

More ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills Could be Decided Before Courts Rule on Challenge

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It’s unlikely that the constitutionality of the new “ag-gag” laws of Idaho and Utah will be known until after those states hold legislative sessions in 2015, and maybe even until after another round of lawmaking in 2016. The controversial “ag-gag” statutes, which prevent undercover investigations at animal agriculture facilities, were adopted in Utah in 2013… Continue Reading

Shigella Outbreak Sickens 105 in Sioux City, IA

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At least 105 people in and around Sioux City, IA, have fallen ill with Shigella infections since October, a “significant increase” in cases, according to the Siouxland District Health Department. More than 60 percent of the victims are 10 years old or younger, a health department official told KTIV News. Shigella infection has the potential… Continue Reading

635 Ill with Cyclospora; Taylor Farms Resumes Production

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After announcing on Monday that the Cyclospora illnesses in Texas were not linked to the outbreak in Iowa and Nebraska, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have kept their case count at 610 people in 22 states. That number lags behind the official count by the Texas Department of State Health Services, which… Continue Reading

Still No Lead on 31 Rare Salmonella Illnesses in Iowa

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The outbreak of rare Salmonella in Iowa, first reported in late July, still has investigators stumped looking for its source. At least 31 people across 19 Iowa counties fell ill with a “relatively uncommon” strain of Salmonella Enteritidis, though more than a week has passed since the last illness was reported, according to Dr. Patricia… Continue Reading