Hy-Vee announces recall of candy
Hy-Vee announced on Jan. 12 a voluntary recall of several candy products because of potential contamination with Salmonella. Much of the candy is marketed as “almond bark,” and commonly used as chocolate coating for fruit, nuts and snack products.

Associate directors join laboratorySuse Dai, (left), and Sarah Dricken
Two associate directors recently joined the State Hygienic Laboratory in individual leadership roles in finance and environmental health.

Network combats ‘nightmare bacteria’Bacteria infographic
Each year, some two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and 23,000 die as a result. To combat this threat, CDC launched the Antibiotic Resistance Lab Network (AR Lab Network) in the fall of 2016. All state public health laboratories, including the State Hygienic Laboratory, are part of this network.

Inaugural UI program names Ambassador as fellowKelli Ryckman poses with (from left) Dr. Michael Schultz, 2015 – 2016 Hygienic Lab Public Health Ambassador; Dan Reed, University of Iowa vice president of Research and Development; and State Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison.  Ryckman is the 2016 – 2017 Public Health Ambassador and newly named Policy Fellow for the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy.
The Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy announced on Oct. 19 that Kelli Ryckman, associate professor of epidemiology and State Hygienic Laboratory Public Health Ambassador, was selected for its inaugural Policy Fellow Program. In addition to Ryckman, the other 2016-2017 Policy Fellows are Mary Charlton, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Cara Hamann, associate in epidemiology.

First flu-related death in IowaBright photo of ice cream flavors
A woman from central Iowa has died due to complications from influenza. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced on Dec. 19 that this is the first reported influenza-related death in the state during the 2016-2017 flu season.