food inspections

Restaurant inspection update: Gnats in whiskey, ham in a bucket and suspicious ‘poultry activity’

BY: - July 12, 2021

In the past month, state and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations, including week-old scrambled eggs, gnats floating in a whiskey bottle, a carton of ice cream submerged in a pan of raw chicken, and four-month-old sliced ham found stored in a bucket. Last week, the […]

Iowa restaurants cited for slime, outdated food and unsanitary equipment

BY: - May 10, 2021

In recent weeks, state and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations, including long-outdated food, unsanitary kitchen equipment and failure to employ a certified food protection manager. One Iowa restaurant had converted five-gallon chemical detergent buckets into food-storage containers they were using inside the kitchen’s walk-in cooler. […]

Restaurant inspectors find mold, sketchy sushi and even a baby’s crib in Iowa kitchens

BY: - March 1, 2021

In recent weeks, state and county inspectors have discovered potentially dangerous sushi, moldy fruit and cheese, seven-month-old eggs and even a baby’s crib inside the kitchens of Iowa restaurants. Their findings are reported by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which handles food-establishment inspections at the state level. Listed below are some of the […]

State agency fails to post hundreds of verified complaints against restaurants

BY: - June 19, 2020

For at least 18 months, the state of Iowa has failed to publish the findings of hundreds of restaurant inspections triggered by verified consumer complaints. In addition, none of the findings that stem from “virtual inspections,” which are being conducted now without an onsite visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are being posted to the […]

Iowans return to restaurants, but state inspectors keep their distance

BY: - June 16, 2020

Iowans are now free to visit their favorite restaurants, but some of the state’s own food-safety inspectors are continuing to keep their distance. At least 20% of the food-establishment inspections over the past three months have been conducted by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals using only “virtual” technology, with no inspector setting foot […]

Inspections halted at Iowa’s food processing plants

BY: - March 26, 2020

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has indefinitely suspended all routine inspections at the state’s food-processing plants. The agency is under contract with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to handle the inspection of Iowa’s food processing and manufacturing plants. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA recently issued an order instructing all states […]

Trump signs bipartisan bill to boost number of ag inspectors

BY: - March 5, 2020

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Iowa GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst that will provide money to hire more agricultural inspectors to check the food supply at the border. The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 also would pay for support staff and specially trained dogs needed at […]