BySophia Schillinger and Sabine Martin /IowaWatch and the Cedar Falls Tiger Hi-Line |
The rainbow trout released into Prairie Lakes were fine to eat because they came from a hatchery. But trying to distinguish what fish to eat from one Midwest state to the next can be difficult, an IowaWatch/Cedar Falls Tiger Hi-Line investigation showed.
That’s because rules guiding what’s safe to eat vary in each state. Also, despite fish sampling by the states, knowing where to fish is hard because fish from only a few waterways where people fish are tested each year, the investigation showed. Anglers at farm ponds are on their own when it comes to the health of the fish they catch because the state’s natural resources department (DNR) does not sample fish in private water bodies for contamination.
When Congress approved a nearly $1 trillion spending bill late last week, it also approved increased funding to federal food-safety programs. Under the new 2015 appropriations bill, two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies will receive an estimated $40 million in funding.
At least eight food products had to be recalled so far this month, federal food-safety agencies reported. Recalled products include tomatoes possibly tainted with Salmonella and bagels potentially covered in glass.
ByClaire Everett/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
More than four-dozen people became sick after eating E. coli and Salmonella-contaminated foods last month, federal food-safety agencies announced. The E. coli illnesses trace back to clover sprouts and ground beef, while the Salmonella threat links back to the seed-based chia powder.
Tyson Foods Inc. recalled more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets in April because pieces of plastic embedded in the chicken were giving consumers oral injuries. Federal work-safety inspectors have also cited Tyson Foods for dangerous working conditions at least three times within the last year.