Maytag-SignMaytag 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…

IOWAhThe 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…

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. Roosevelt High School in Des Moines IowaAccording to Amanda

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…