Jif®Peanut Butter Recall

Statewide Iowa — The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling select Jif® peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Read more

Sioux Center Company Recalls Some Ready-To-Eat Bacon Products

Sioux Center, Iowa — Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., of Sioux Center, is recalling approximately 185,610 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon topping products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Read more

Congresswoman Hinson gives update on Ag bills

IARN — Members of the Iowa delegation in both chambers of Congress have been making efforts at advancing agricultural legislation aimed at fixing everyday issues that Iowa farmers are facing. Whether it is supply chain issues, biofuels, cattle market transparency, or other policies; they have been working hard to bring our needs to the minds of their fellow lawmakers. Read more

Food away from home spending dropped during pandemic

IARN — The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic saw the temporary closures of restaurants in the United States, prompting a decline in Food Away from Home Spending. Spending decreased at each of the nine types of food-away-from-home outlets measured in the USDA Economic Research Service’s Food Expenditure Series from 2019 to 2020. Although existing infrastructure, such as drive-through services, enabled limited-service restaurants to comply with pandemic safety measures, these establishments still saw a 6.7-percent decline in annual spending. Read more