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  • People get foodborne poisoning when they consume contaminated foods or beverages.
  • About 1 in 6 Americans (approximately 48 million) gets food poisoning each year.
  • About 128,000 Americans are hospitalized due to food poisoning each year.

  • About 3,000 Americans die as a result of food poisoning each year. 


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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.

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November 16, 2018
Almost 46 tons of raw ground turkey recalled for link to Salmonella Reading outbreak
Barron, WS-based Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales LLC late Thursday recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Reading, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the FSIS and state public health officials,... Continue Reading
November 15, 2018
Officials match E. coli from patients with bacteria in raw milk cheese
At least five people in British Columbia have been confirmed with E. coli infections linked to unpasteurized cheese, prompting a recall and a public warning from health officials. The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is urging consumers to discard or return to the place of purchase any Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese... Continue Reading
November 15, 2018
Shipping mistake by unidentified supplier spurs Pictsweet to recall frozen asparagus
The Pictsweet Co. is recalling its frozen Steam’ables asparagus spears because one of its suppliers “inadvertently” shipped it product suspected of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pictsweet reports distributing the frozen asparagus to 34 states and Puerto Rico, but the company’s recall notice on the FDA’s website does not include any information about what retailers... Continue Reading
November 15, 2018
Chicken salad that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes is recalled
Ron’s Home Style Foods, located in Houston, Wednesday recalled 6,912 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Routine FSIS inspection discovered the possible contamination on Nov. 13. “FSIS is concerned that some product may be... Continue Reading

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November 16, 2018
Recall of Green Cedar Dairy Ackawi Cheese Bearing a Sell by Date of March 26, 2019 or Later
Routine samples of the Green Cedar Ackawi cheese collected and tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
November 14, 2018
Nor Cal Food Solutions, LLC ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED Tree Nut – Walnut in The Purveyors Kitchen - Pumpkin Pesto Tapenade
Nor Cal Food Solutions, LLC of Auburn, CA is announcing a recall of 567 cases of Pumpkin Pesto Tapenade, manufactured by Purveyors Kitchen, because it contains an undeclared tree nut (walnut). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (walnuts) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
November 13, 2018
The Pictsweet Company Recalls 8-ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears due to Potential for Listeria Monocytogenes
The Pictsweet Company has recalled 1,872 cases of Pictsweet Farms 8-ounce Steam’ables Asparagus Spears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


November 15, 2018
Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products due to Possible Salmonella Reading Contamination
Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC, a Barron, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an illness outbreak of Salmonella Reading.
November 14, 2018
Ron's Home Style Foods Recalls Ready to Eat Chicken Salad Products due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Ron's Home Style Foods, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 6,912 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
November 9, 2018
NuVue Foods Recalls Burrito Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
NuVue Foods, a Hamtramck, Mich. establishment, is recalling approximately 268 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken burrito products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.