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Dan Flynn

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Rancho Revisited: Turning Ripe and Risqué at the Same Time

February’s recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef from the Rancho Feeding Corp. slaughterhouse in Petaluma, CA, is turning both ripe and risqué. It’s ripe for a grand jury indictment and risqué because recently reported aspects of the case involve a romantic relationship between the plant foreman and a federal meat inspector. USDA’s Food Safety… Continue Reading

Colorado’s New Political Recipe For Marijuana-Infused Food May Take Time

Suggestions are being made in Colorado for immediate drastic action over the sale of marijuana-infused food. However, it now seems that any changes in the regulation of so-called “edibles” will be slow and deliberate ones. Possible push-back by the state’s new cash-infused marijuana industry may be why two bills dealing with edibles that quickly passed… Continue Reading

Prosecution Must Show Parnell Had Knowledge of Crimes Charged

Patrick H. Hearn, one of the trial attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch, has turned in the government’s view of the importance of knowledge in the crimes with which Stewart Parnell is charged. “Knowledge is an element of the crimes that defendant Stewart Parnell has been charged with in the indictment,”… Continue Reading

Europe’s 2011 Killer Pathogen Could Have Been Spread on Purpose or Accidentally

A new analysis applied to Northern Europe’s deadly 2011 E. coli O101:H4 outbreak calls the official assumption that the pathogen, spread by “its natural origin,” is “questionable.” Further, the Serbian-German researchers say that neither accidental nor deliberate spreading of the pathogen can be ruled out as the cause. Based on their findings, the researchers are… Continue Reading

Survey: Consumers Might Read Organic Label Differently Than Organic Standards Board

The Consumer Reports National Research Center says that “questionable practices” remain in the regulation of the fast-growing organics industry. It is hoping that new public opinion research released today as the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) begins a four-day meeting in San Antonio will help narrow the divide between what consumers think they are getting and what… Continue Reading

Louisiana Legislative Debate: Child Victims of Raw Milk Illness Can Just ‘Go To Heaven’

Debate on a Louisiana bill to allow on-the-farm raw milk sales by dairy farmers directly to consumers took a strange twist down the “what if” road last week. Under the bill, consumers would replace state inspectors for making sure the raw milk is safe for human consumption. That provision led to an eye-opening exchange between… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Four Years Into The BP Oil Spill

Opinion

An offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana exploded four years ago this month, killing 11 on the crew and spilling five million barrels of hydrocarbons into waters known for their seafood production. That explosion on the British Petroleum (BP) off-shore oil well known as the Deepwater Horizon is… Continue Reading

Judge Sands: No Separate Trials for the Parnell Brothers

Stewart and Michael Parnell, the brothers who five years ago were running Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) when it was involved with one of the nation’s deadliest foodborne disease outbreaks,  are going to be tried together.  U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands has  denied a motion the brothers made last summer to have their… Continue Reading

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

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