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Dan Flynn

Dan Flynn

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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FDA registered food facilities continue to decline, half located outside U.S.

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The number of food facilities registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on the decline, but may be getting to a more manageable number. As of Feb. 2, there were 149,933 food facilities registered with FDA, and 47 percent — 70,976 — are outside the United States. That represents a 28 percent decline since Jan. 1,… Continue Reading

Enforcement of meat inspections not limited to Secretary of Ag

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Congress was not “clear and unambiguous,” but the “better reading” of federal law finds it did not intend to withhold jurisdiction from the district courts in deciding criminal violations under the Federal Meat Inspection Act. That finding by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit means the criminal convictions of William B. Aossey Jr., Jalel… Continue Reading

Secretary of Agriculture Perdue’s inbox is filled to the brim

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue is president-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of agriculture.

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is likely less than a week away from being confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the nation’s 31st Secretary of Agriculture. His confirmation could come as early as April 24. One thing for certain is that as soon as he does take the oath of his office, Perdue is going… Continue Reading

Petition seeks 100,000 signatures in support of Brazilian beef ban

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A petition calling upon the United States to ban Brazilian beef is looking for 100,000 signatures on the White House’s We the People website. “This petition is important because American produced beef is not differentiated from Brazilian imported beef at supermarkets in the United States,” says the sponsor statement. “Brazil is under investigation for exporting… Continue Reading

Trump’s acting solicitor opposes high court review for DeCoster

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The Acting Solicitor General of the United States has filed “the brief of respondent United States in opposition” to any further Supreme Court review of terms of imprisonment for two egg producers under the so-called “responsible corporate officer” (RCO) doctrine—which is said to be a rare instance of strict supervisory liability in the criminal law…. Continue Reading

Chipotle sends in the comedians to get its customers back

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As it approaches the second anniversaries of the multiple outbreaks that turned into a food safety crisis, Chipotle Mexican Grill  has decided its time to send in the clowns, or at least the comedians. Chipotle earlier this week announced  the launch of the “As Real as It Gets” advertising campaign created to support the company’s… Continue Reading

Sales of raw milk remain illegal under Montana’s Big Sky

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House Bill 325, which would have provided a small herd exemption for raw milk sales, is probably dead for the legislative session after failing Tuesday to get a majority vote on second reading in the Montana Senate. Sponsored by State Rep. Nancy Balance, HB 325 passed the Montana House on Feb. 22 on a 69-to-30… Continue Reading

Food safety insecurity used as a hook against regulatory reform

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Each side has just the congressional recess left to practice its hyperbole for the coming Senate fight over how regulations will be used across government. It’s going to get nasty. And confusing. The practice of giving the other side’s bill a dirty name is now a common tactic. Since the Regulatory Accountability Act passed the… Continue Reading

Two-year old Wyoming Food Freedom Act gets expanded

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The 2-year old Wyoming Food Freedom Act came in for a make-over this legislative session. Rep. Tyler Lindholm, R-Sundance, sponsored the major legislation to “extend and clarify” the Food Freedom law.  Gov. Matt Mead signed it into law.  Session ended March 3. The 2015 law has been changed “to allow for a producer’s production and… Continue Reading

Pride and Joy Creamery again filling retail orders for raw milk

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Pride & Joy Creamery was back to bottling its organic grass-fed raw milk on or about  April 4 after the Toppenish, WA dairy handled the scare resulting from E. coli being found in its plastic jugs collected from retail shelves. “We want to assure everyone that no one has been sick from drinking our milk,”… Continue Reading