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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

August 24, 2016
Enough meat and vegetables for record 2nd quarter recall stew
Stericycle Inc., the Indianapolis business-to-business services company that tracks all sorts of recalls, including food, does its counting and comparisons by lots. Other ways of counting might be better for food. USDA, for example, has long used pounds of meat in reporting recalls. In the second quarter of 2016, however, recall activity for both the... Continue Reading
August 23, 2016
Oysters recalled in Canada because of Salmonella
Five Star Shellfish Inc. is recalling oysters from Canadian retailers because of possible Salmonella contamination. The Prince Edward Island company distributed the Five Star branded oysters to retailers in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario, according to the recall notice posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. There is a possibility the oysters were distributed to other... Continue Reading
August 22, 2016
Florida company recalls 3 brands of meat/poultry products
A Florida company is recalling almost a ton of meat and poultry products including several varieties of empanada because they were produced without being inspected by the federal government. Panna Café Express To Go Inc. in North Miami Beach, FL, recalled the 18 products Sunday. The 1,951 pounds of heat-treated, not-fully-cooked products were produced and... Continue Reading
August 19, 2016
3 brands of frozen corn recalled in 15 states because of Listeria
A Pennsylvania company is recalling three brands of its frozen corn that were distributed to 15 states because a package sampled from a retail store tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Cambridge Farms LLC of Lancaster, PA, has ceased the production and distribution of the frozen corn and is working with the Food and Drug Administration... Continue Reading
 

FDA Recalls

August 23, 2016
Baptista’s Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Snack Factory® Original Pretzel Crisps®
Baptista’s Bakery, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of 7.2 oz. Snack Factory® Original Pretzel Crisps® and 7.2 oz Snack Factory® Sriracha Lime Pretzel Crisps® packages because they may contain undeclared milk 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 the affected product.
August 22, 2016
Sage Products Expands Voluntary Worldwide Recall of Specific Lots of Topical Skin Products Due to Potential Microbial Contamination - Second Expansion
Sage Products announced today it is expanding its voluntary worldwide recall to include specific lots of impregnated cloth topical skin products at the distributor, healthcare facility, retail and consumer/user levels. The recall is being initiated due to potential product contamination with the bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia.
August 19, 2016
Honeywell Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall Of One Lot Of Eyesaline Eyewash Solution Due To Microbial Contamination
In cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Honeywell is voluntarily recalling one production lot of 32-ounce bottles of Eyesaline Eyewash solution, which is used for emergency eye rinsing after an injury.
 

USDA

USDA Food Safety Tips for Areas Affected by Flooding
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those in Louisiana who may be impacted flooding.
Back-To-School Food Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Back to school, back to the books, back in the saddle, or back in the car for those of us shuttling students to and from school.
Panna Café Express To Go Inc. Recalls Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection
Panna Cafe Express To Go Inc., a North Miami Beach, Fla., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,951 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and used the USDA marks of inspection without authorization.

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