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Dan Flynn

Dan Flynn

Editor Dan Flynn is a Northern Colorado-based writer and editor with more more than 15 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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Grand jury scolds county for response to Hepatitis A outbreak

San Diego’s recent Hepatitis A epidemic was mishandled by public health officials, according to a newly minted country grand jury report. It charges San Diego County’s Public Health Officer was slow to declare a public health emergency and the command structure during the outbreak was lacking. The 20-page report also speculates on the possibility that… Continue Reading

Senate committee has yet to schedule hearing for Brashears

In the two weeks since President Trump nominated Mindy Brashears as USDA’s next Under Secretary for Food Safety, not much has happened. The Senate has assigned management of her confirmation to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. But the committee has not announced a hearing schedule. Brashears is a Texas Tech University food… Continue Reading

USDA hits the brakes on proposal to set up organic ‘check-off’

Beef has “It’s what’s for dinner.” Pork has “The Other White Meat.” And Dairy has “Milk Does A Body Good.” The USDA’s “check-off” programs are behind those famous slogans, but you won’t soon be hearing one for organic food. Tuesday the U.S. Department of Agriculture terminated proceedings begun under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information… Continue Reading

Secretary Perdue puts Rottenberg, Kiecker in top FSIS jobs

President Trump’s nomination of Mindy Brashears as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety was referred Thursday to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to begin the confirmation process. And Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue wasted no time in letting the troops know what’s happening once Brashears takes over USDA’s top food safety post. Friday… Continue Reading

Canadians infected with E. coli after eating romaine lettuce

Canada's public health officials urge public not to eat romaine from Yuma, AZ, until further notice

This week saw the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with romaine lettuce expand to include every border state from New York to Washington state. With 149 people infected in 29 states, it was probably inevitable that Canada also would find itself with a romaine lettuce problem. After all, it does not have a border wall… Continue Reading

Romaine outbreak now exceeds footprint of 2006 spinach outbreak

On Wednesday, the footprint of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak became more extensive than the historic and deadly 2006 fresh spinach outbreak. In the May 9 update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta added four states and 28 confirmed cases of E. coli O157: H7 to the 9-week-old outbreak associated with… Continue Reading

Rodents, insects, poor sanitation found at Rose Acre egg facility

Inspector observations shared with the complex manager at Hyde County Egg, owned by Rose Acre Farms, shortly before the announcement of the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup don’t paint a pretty picture. FDA’s Form 483, observations for the March 26 to April 11, 2018 inspection of Hyde County Egg at 1560 Hyde Park Canal Road… Continue Reading

Brashears will eventually be the next Under Secretary for Food Safety

On his 470th day in the Oval Office, President Donald J. Trump Friday announced his intention to nominate Dr. Mindy Brashears as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) next Under Secretary for Food Safety.   It will be many more days before the Texan food safety expert takes office. Brashears, who was an expert witness… Continue Reading