Judge OKs permit revocation of Iowa dairy plant

BUFFALO CENTER, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture officials have revoked the permit of a dairy plant in northern Iowa because of food safety concerns.

An administrative law judge ruled Wednesday in favor of the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, which revoked the dairy plant permit for Meinders Farm Fresh Dairy in Buffalo Center. The company must cease all operations and sales.

The department says Meinders Dairy violated state law requirements over how to store its milk products. They say inspections of the plant in 2012 turned up bacteria and coliform counts that exceeded acceptable standards for pasteurized milk products.

The department says Meinders Dairy failed to perform specific follow-up tests in an effort to determine the company’s progress.

A public phone number listed for Meinders Dairy went unanswered Wednesday.

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