Header graphic for print

Food Safety News

Breaking news for everyone's consumption

Contributing Writers

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.

Articles Written by Dan Flynn

Subscribe to this author via RSS

Alaska legislature considers bill to legalize some raw milk sales

406x250Raw-Milk1

The Alaska Legislature was called into session Tuesday in the capital city of Juneau. Its location in the temperature-transition zone usually makes Juneau a warmer place to hang out than the rest of the 49th State during winter. Opening signs are the Alaska Legislature is also going to be a warm place for raw milk… Continue Reading

FSIS issues new notice on slaughter, humane handling

FSISlogo_406x250

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a new notice with instructions for Public Health Veterinarians (PHVs), inspection program personnel (IPP) and District Veterinary Medical Specialists (DVMs) regarding humane handling and slaughter. It directs official livestock establishments to determine if their written systematic approach for human handling meets… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court asked to review DeCoster v. U.S.

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-supreme-court-image7901303

A writ of certiorari has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, requesting the high court review DeCoster v. United States. The government has until Feb. 15 to respond the writ. Appellate attorney Peter D. Keisler asks in the writ that the Supreme Court consider the case because a ruling by the 8th U.S. District Circuit… Continue Reading

Cocina Verify tackles restaurant food safety in Latin America

CocinaVerify_405x250

A third-party food safety program for restaurants that want to show travelers that they adhere to U.S. food code standards is taking root in Central and South America, and is looking to expand into Southeast Asia in the near future. It’s called Cocina Verify, a company that grew out of its founder’s experience traveling south… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: Huge Change For FDA

Opinion

FDAAproved_406x250

Something huge is going to be happening soon at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There’s lot’s of chatter about it. From a “Coming Political Hurricane” to a “Libertarian Take-over,” it is all anticipation about the transition of government. Most of it seems to be directed at drug approvals and medical devices, not food…. Continue Reading

Dollar deal for avoiding food safety compliance gets attention

_2Edenpro_406x250

The just-convened Colorado Assembly may be asked to close a loophole in state restaurant regulations during its 120-day session. In late December the owners of Eden Pho, a restaurant in Weld County, were told they needed to fix problems identified during inspections by local inspectors or the county commission would close down the business. But the… Continue Reading

FDA’s next top cop will be Trump administration’s pick

ucm284593

Another top job has opened up at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to be filled by President-elect Donald J. Trump. FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations — the agency’s 25-year-old police force — will be without a director after Jan. 20 because of the resignation of its chief following some more high-level shenanigans. The OCI director since January… Continue Reading

Secretary of Agriculture choice not as difficult as farm policy

NEWS ANALYSIS

landofplenty_406x250

When the bitter cold began spreading over rural America last month, the parlor guessing game around many a wood stove was guessing who President-elect Donald J. Trump would name as secretary of agriculture. But the time for that game has passed. The past three presidents all named their ag bosses by the end of the… Continue Reading

Idaho squares off with animal rights group before 9th Circuit

clownwithbignose_406x250

Oral arguments are expected to be scheduled in April in Seattle in an “ag-gag” appeal that has pitted Idaho officials against the Animal Legal Defense Fund in a constitutional battle. The case, Animal Legal Defense Fund et al v. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence G. Wasden, landed in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after U.S. District Court Judge… Continue Reading

Storms and stability ahead for food safety efforts in 2017

2017clock_406x250

Food safety in 2017 will be dependent on our “complicated bureaucracies” that exist to get through transitions and times of change. Both USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  are sure to be  taking many “business as usual” actions in January. Confucius taught the Ancient Chinese bureaucracies… Continue Reading