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The Iowa Food Safety and Defense Task Force is a group of individuals and organizations interested in food safety and defense.  The Task Force members include federal, state, and local government agencies; commodity groups; food related trade associations; food producers; academia; and others.  The Task Force meets 3 to 4 times per year.  The Task Force also sponsors educational opportunities each year.


Food Safety News

September 28, 2016
Public warned about recalled ground beef in Texas after E. coli test result
Consumers and retailers in Texas are urged to be on the lookout for ground beef from Caviness Beef Packers after a positive test result for E. coli O103. An unnamed company processed beef trim from Caviness into ground beef. Caviness, based in Hereford, TX, recalled about 2,100 pounds of “boneless beef trim 84L products” Tuesday... Continue Reading
September 27, 2016
Tyson recalls more than 65 tons of chicken nuggets
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling more than 65 tons of chicken nuggets because of consumer complaints about finding bits of hard plastic in the products. The Sedalia, MO, company shipped 5-pound bags of the nuggets to retailers nationwide, according to a recall notice posted Tuesday by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Tyson also shipped... Continue Reading
September 27, 2016
Four brands of frozen onion rings recalled for undeclared milk
McCain Foods USA Inc. of Lisle, IL, is recalling frozen onion rings sold at retail under four different brands due to incorrect packaging that does not declare milk as one of the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they... Continue Reading
September 27, 2016
FDA finds Listeria in facility; fish company recalls salmon
A New York company is recalling an undisclosed amount of smoked salmon from retailers and restaurants because federal inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes at the company’s production facility. Mt. Kisco Smokehouse of Mt. Kisco, NY, recalled two lots of whole Atlantic smoked salmon and four lots of sliced Atlantic salmon Monday, according to a notice posted... Continue Reading
 

FDA Recalls

September 28, 2016
Updated Recall Information: McCain Foods USA, Inc. Issues Expanded Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Frozen Onion Rings Sold and Distributed Under Private Label Retailer Brands
McCain Foods USA, Inc. of Lisle, IL, today announced it is expanding its voluntarily recall of retail, frozen onion rings to include two (2) additional private label retail branded products due to the use of incorrect packaging that does not declare milk as one of the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
September 28, 2016
Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Bread Products Due to Possible Presence of Plastic Pieces in Product
Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. has voluntarily recalled approximately 99,000 packages of its bread products due to the possibility that there may be clear plastic pieces in some products. The product recall is limited to the bread products listed below and only those identified by the “use by” dates 9/30/16, 10/1/16, 10/2/16 or 10/3/16, which are printed on the closure tags of each package.
September 27, 2016
Café Valley Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared (Walnuts) In 12ct Banana Nut Mini Muffins Labeled as 12ct Lemon Poppy Seed Mini Muffins
Café Valley of Marion, Indiana is recalling 543 cases of Banana nut mini muffins labeled as Lemon poppy seed mini muffins, because they may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
 

USDA

Caviness Beef Packers Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O103 Contamination
– Caviness Beef Packers, a Hereford, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,100 pounds of boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103.
Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Chicken Nugget Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
Tyson Foods Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic.
Kiwi Care Package Company Recalls Wattie’s Canned Spaghetti With Sausage Products Distributed Without Benefit Of Import Inspection
Kiwi Care Package Company, a South Tahoe, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 90 pounds of Wattie’s canned spaghetti with sausage that was not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection and was received from a New Zealand establishment that was not eligible to export product to the U.S.

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