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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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Utah woman who lost acting career to poisoned chicken salad settles with Costco

A Utah woman who had to give up her dream of making it on Broadway after being infected with E. coli O157: H7 from a chicken salad sold by Costco has settled her case against the Seattle-based wholesaler. Chloe Rodgerson, 21, sued Costco after her medical bills topped $2 million and after she obtained a… Continue Reading

Health minister fears world’s worst listeriosis outbreak has yet to peak

The world’s worst listeriosis outbreak is not over and will likely sicken others in his country and throughout the region, according to South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. And during the past week, Nambia reported its first listeriosis case had sent a resident of that nation to the hospital in a severe condition.   “We… Continue Reading

It’s getting harder to open those raw milk loopholes

Raw milk advocates have gained some ground in the last decade, going from 29 to 43 states that allow some way to sell milk without pasteurization. However, in only 12 states are retail sales of raw milk permitted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. And 19 states ban retail sales outright. But raw… Continue Reading

Melon grower responsible for Australian listeriosis outbreak named

Percolating since January, the Australian listeriosis outbreak linked to rockmelons resulted in four deaths out of 17 confirmed cases before authorities named the grower that produced the contaminated cantaloupe.  The outbreak also isn’t likely over as Listeria is known for its long incubation period, meaning it can take several weeks after exposure before any symptoms are… Continue Reading

Colorado Salmonella outbreak appears to have peaked at 37 cases

Two more confirmed cases added during the last week brought the number of illnesses in the Colorado Salmonella outbreak to 37.  There have been no new cases for the past five days, and it appears the outbreak has peaked at 37 confirmed laboratory cases, according to the Weld County Health Department. Linked to the outbreak… Continue Reading

Food Safety Caucus urges Trump to name Under Secretary

Ten Democrats who are members of the Congressional Food Safety Caucus are asking President Donald J. Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to get someone named as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety. “The position of Under Secretary for Food Safety has now entered its fifth year of vacancy, making it one of the… Continue Reading

Utah adopts a Food Freedom-lite bill; Maine town takes a bite

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has less than one week to sign or veto the “Home-Consumption and Homemade Food Act” that sailed through the state legislature with only seven dissenting votes. The Utah Food Act is not another “Food Freedom” law because its protections do not apply to raw milk or raw dairy products, meat or… Continue Reading

Food Safety News publisher on the ground in South Africa

Bill Marler, the founder and publisher of Food Safety News, prominent food safety advocate, and America’s best-known foodborne illnesses attorney arrives in South Africa today to help push back against the largest Listeria outbreak in history. Marler will speak Thursday at the Food Focus Listeria Conference in Johannesburg, where South African professionals from government, industry… Continue Reading