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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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State legislative season underway with food bills on the table

At least 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, are already open for new legislative business. Most others will join the legislative season by next month. They are essential to food safety if for no other reason than state legislatures provide all or partial funding for many of the nation’s nearly 3,000… Continue Reading

Thorny details down on the farm still stalling FDA enforcement

In the seven years since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) became law, the question has always been the same. How is the Food and Drug Administration going to do down on the farm? FDA last week gave itself “enforcement discretion” for some of those complex FSMA rules involving farms. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said… Continue Reading

Split decision on Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law Might Extend Beyond Agriculture

An appellate court Thursday restored specific provisions of Idaho’s 2012 Ag-Gag law but said audio, visual recordings of animal agricultural facilities could not be prohibited by the Gem State under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It may be a landmark decision for being the first time a federal circuit court has found there… Continue Reading

New patents to disinfect avocados and other Mexican produce

A patent registration is pending at the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property for intervention recipes that might successfully disinfect avocados, mangos, strawberries, chilis, tomatoes and coriander. If successful, once the intervention mixes reach the market Mexico would be able to keep much of its fresh produce from landing on the Import Alert list maintained by… Continue Reading

FDA chasing after voluntary recalls, but doesn’t often take mandatory route

Timely and efficient food recalls would cut down on foodborne illnesses, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to figure out to do it. That’s the bottom line of another report on FDA food recalls by the Office of the Inspector General for the federal Health and Human Services Department. The OIG put… Continue Reading

IG gets Bipartisan call for FSIS misconduct investigation in Montana

Montana’s congressional delegation wants USDA’s Inspector General (IG)  to investigate “alleged misconduct within the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and its effect on meat processing facilities in Montana.” In signing the letter to the IG, Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte are asking for an investigation into allegations that began… Continue Reading

Naughty and Nice thoughts about 2017

Opinion

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue would make a great Jolly Old Elf. In fact, he’s looked upon as Santa Claus in about 300 congressional districts where a visit from the Secretary of Agriculture is an event much like Christmas morning. The range and depth of the USDA bag of goodies now carried by the Secretary… Continue Reading

Top food safety stories include regs, recalls, respects this year

Editor’s Note:  The Food Safety News list of the year’s most significant news is compiled annually by our writers and editors. The list for 2017 is not led by any one or two blockbuster food safety stories, but it also won’t be quickly forgotten. It was a year when there was finally a climax to… Continue Reading

Trump releases former Agriprocessors executive from prison

The medium-security federal prison at Otisville, NY freed 58-year old Sholom Rubashkin Wednesday because President Donald J. Trump commuted the remaining 20 years of his sentence. Rubashkin won his freedom because of an impressive campaign dating back to 2012 after an appellate court decided to let a 27-year sentence stand on the first-time, non-violent offender…. Continue Reading