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Dan Flynn

Dan Flynn

Dan Flynn is a Denver-based writer and editor with more than ten years of food safety experience. As a public affairs professional, he worked with government and regulatory agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. His career as a journalist included working for newspapers throughout the West, from the Black Hills to Seattle. His on-scene reporting on the collapse of the Idaho’s Teton Dam and the suicide bombing at Washington State University’s Perham Hall was carried by newspapers around the world and was recognized both times regionally by the Associated Press for Best Reporting on a Deadline. Most of the disasters he attends these days involve food illnesses.

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Judge Gives Prosecutors Last Word In Duel Over Stewart Parnell’s Expert Witness

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U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands said Tuesday that government attorneys may file an additional three pages of arguments to correct a possible misstatement of law by Stewart Parnell’s defense attorneys. Parnell is the former Peanut Corporation of America executive scheduled to go on trial later this summer with three of his former managers… Continue Reading

Report: Organic Industry Achieved 25 Years of Fast Growth Through Fear and Deception

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A 3,400-percent increase in sales in 24 years makes organic the fastest-growing consumer food and lifestyle trend in modern history, say independent researchers looking into the industry’s strategies and marketing practices. What they’ve found, though, isn’t pretty. Those robust sales, they say, were built on the backs of American taxpayers with deceptive practices involving the… Continue Reading

Government Wants to Keep Argument Going Over Parnell’s Expert Witness

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Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially where it comes into play in a federal criminal case. A new dispute has erupted between government and defense lawyers in the pre-trial proceedings involving former Peanut Corporation of America chief executive Stewart Parnell’s all-over knowledge. Government prosecutors say Parnell’s defense attorneys have misstated the law regarding whether knowledge… Continue Reading

Murder, Illnesses Prompt Second Look at Recreational Marijuana Law in Colorado

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After months of keeping their hands off implementation of Colorado’s voter-approved initiative for recreational marijuana, the state’s political establishment may be having some second thoughts. Two bills filed late in the Colorado Legislature appear to be on a fast track to put the first real limits on recreational marijuana since voters passed Amendment 64 in… Continue Reading

Merger of Meat Industry Groups Aims to Achieve ‘One Voice’

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The 108-year-old American Meat Institute is close to a merger with the two-year-old North American Meat Association. Among other roles, the new organization will direct the meat industry’s approach to food safety. What gives? James Marsden, Regent’s Distinguished Professor of Food Safety at Kansas State University, answered that question Monday in his regular Meatingplace column…. Continue Reading

More Battling Than Policy Changes Mark 2014 State Raw-Milk Action

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There are still multiple endings that could be put on the raw-milk story told during the 2014 state legislative season. One popular theory is that the foodies and libertarians have joined hands in a great coalition to pass bills to legalize unpasteurized milk across the land. These theorists point to 40 bills introduced in 23… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Bogus Honey Story Won’t Die

Opinion

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Foodborne disease outbreaks and recalls usually dictate the foods we cover. We usually follow the pathogens without any other discriminating factor. So, if we are focused on beef, or spinach, or sprouts, or cantaloupe, or whatever, we just follow the story. Of course, there are always exceptions to rules. Food Safety News has been fortunate… Continue Reading

Judge: Lawsuit by Safeway Customers Seeking Recall Notification Can Proceed

Card Holders Bring Class-Action Lawsuit

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The nation’s second-largest grocery chain might have to notify shopper card holders in California about certain food recalls under a putative class-action lawsuit a San Francisco judge has allowed to proceed. Safeway’s motion for a summary judgment in the case that dates back to early 2011 was denied in an April 7 order signed by… Continue Reading

Idaho Joins Utah in Asking Federal Court to Dismiss ‘Ag-Gag’ Lawsuit

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Idaho wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). “ALDF attacks a statute it wishes had passed,” say attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “The statute actually passed has nothing to do with speech or employee whistleblowing,” they… Continue Reading