From a blog post at the Chicago Tribune's Web site.
One maker "says that the IDPH officer who visited told her that her ice cream probably wouldn't pass the bacteria tests if she continued to use fresh strawberries. Instead the officer suggested she use 'strawberry syrup.' "
"IDPH spokesperson Melanie Arnold said that it isn't illegal to use real strawberries but that IDPH 'does not encourage it simply because when you try and clean a strawberry to make sure it doesn't have any bacteria, it kind of deteriorates.' "
Horrifying stuff, especially with Scientific American's deconstruction of our country's food safety rules so recent -- http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=complex-origins-food-safety-rules