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Temporary Food Vendor Licensing and Food Stand Requirements
Summer is upon us and with that comes outdoor events such as fairs, community festivals, RAGBRAI, and Saturday in the Park. Vendors that set up to sell food and beverages at these events must obtain the proper license as required by Iowa law, and follow the Temporary Food Stand Requirements from Iowa Code. The Environmental Health Division of the Siouxland District Health Department has jurisdiction to issue food licenses and conduct inspections in Woodbury, Plymouth, Sioux, Lyon, Osceola, O'Brien, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, and Palo Alto counties in Iowa through a contract with the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.
The licensing and food handling requirements have not changed, however, beginning in June 2015, Siouxland District Health has a new Temporary Food Stand application to be completed by food vendors. We have not required submitting an application for a Temporary Food Stand in the past, but will be transitioning to a requirement that vendors submit this application in advance of the event. Click here to access the Temporary Food Stand application.
Click here for the Temporary Food Stand Requirements.
Click here for Food Safety 101 with additional food handling requirements.
A highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (H5N2) has been identified in commercial poultry flocks in Northwest Iowa and other Midwestern states. The term "highly pathogenic" does not indicate that the virus is a serious problem for humans, the term is used to describe the effects that the virus has on poultry that have been infected. The virus is spread by waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds as they migrate through Iowa.
This strain has not caused human illness and is not transmitted via food; thus, the risk to the public health is very low. Workers who have had direct contact with infected birds do have a low level of risk for infection and health officials are monitoring these individuals for signs of infection. Person to person transmission of this virus is not expected at this time. It should be noted that this strain of virus is different from a similar virus in Asia that has caused a small amount of human infections.
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