The Register reports on the lack of yearly inspections in more than "80 percent of Iowa's counties." The Food and Drug Administration enforced new food safety standards in 1997 and the Iowa Legislature "followed suit with a more demanding inspection schedule based on risk. More than half of the state's 16,000 restaurants and groceries would have to be inspected twice a year, and one-quarter would require three inspections. . . Medical officials heralded the law before realizing it did little to pay for the plan. Inspection fees were increased for the first time in 23 years." The result, no "follow-up inspection every time a critical violation is discovered" and that leaves restaurants and grocery stores with repeated violations still in business.
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