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Iowa businesses see delayed start to home alcohol delivery

BY: - July 23, 2021

Iowans might be waiting for to-go alcohol by delivery apps for a little while longer. The Iowa Legislature this year approved House File 766, a bill that creates more opportunities for third-party delivery of alcohol in Iowa. As of July 1,  retailers and grocery stores can use food delivery apps to deliver products to customers […]

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 […]

Infection-control violations were the No. 1 issue in Iowa nursing homes last year

BY: - April 20, 2021

The most frequently cited health care violations in Iowa nursing homes last year were related to infection control, according to state officials. The infection-control violations were cited in the eight months leading up to COVID-19’s first appearance in Iowa and during the initial four months of the pandemic. During that same 12-month period, Iowa regulators […]

COMMENTARY

A strong minority entrepreneurial community is key to a stronger post-pandemic Iowa

BY: - April 15, 2021

As Iowa continues to recover from the pain wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important we begin the healing process to rebuild towards a sense of normalcy. That starts with supporting small businesses through this transition, especially ones that are minority-owned. Minority-owned small businesses across the US have seen outsized impacts on their business, with […]

Black grime, pink slime and cockroaches: A look at Iowa’s latest restaurant inspections

BY: - March 26, 2021

In recent weeks, state and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations, including cockroaches in sushi-preparation areas, long-outdated food, and kitchen equipment caked with black grime and pink slime. The findings are reported by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, which handles food-establishment inspections at the […]

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 […]

Not a surprise: Liquor sales were up in Iowa during 2020

BY: - December 11, 2020

In perhaps another indication of how 2020 has been a year most people want to forget, Iowans spent a record amount of money on liquor this past year. The increase came during the 2020 state fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2019, through the end of June this year — a period that includes […]

State agency tells Iowans: Don’t complain about lack of face masks in restaurants

BY: - October 29, 2020

The same state agency that failed to disclose hundreds of restaurant inspections triggered by consumer complaints is warning Iowans not to file complaints about businesses that don’t enforce their own face-mask requirements. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals recently posted an online “COVID-19 violation” complaint form that consumers can use to alert state regulators […]

Out of 962 reports of inadequate virus control in restaurants, the state has issued one warning

BY: - September 17, 2020

The state agency that helps oversee Iowa restaurants has fielded almost 1,000 complaints about COVID-19 mitigation efforts in dining establishments, but has issued only one warning. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals says it has received a total of 962 complaints related to restaurants’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts. To date, the agency’s only enforcement action […]

Bars, restaurants face fines, suspensions for social-distancing violations

BY: - July 30, 2020

Iowa restaurants and bars will face $1,000 fines and possible license suspensions for violating the state’s social-distancing and cleaning requirements, state officials announced Thursday. The Iowa Capital Dispatch reported last week that the Iowa Restaurant Association was pushing for stronger enforcement of rules intended to fight the spread of COVID-19. The organization, which represents 600 […]

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 […]