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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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Letter From The Editor: Just a chat with the new administrator

During last week’s IAFP meetings in Salt Lake City, I had the opportunity to chat with FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg, who is also serving as USDA’s  Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. I did not record our talk nor did I take copious notes because I just wanted to have a normal conversation with… Continue Reading

E. coli in canal water drew immediate attention from Yuma growers

Two weeks ago as the public was told that canal water was the likely source of the E. coli O157: H7 that caused the national outbreak involving romaine lettuce, growers in the region were told what they could immediately to do about it. In a June 29 memo, the Yuma Safe Produce Council shared food… Continue Reading

Feds get a little queasy over new Seattle policy to disclose active investigations

SALT LAKE CITY  — Public Health – Seattle & King County currently report under “active investigations”  a “bacterial toxin” associated with Lahori Kabab-n-Grill in Kent, WA and a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli outbreak associated with I Love Sushi and Sodexo’s Cafe Mario, both located in Redmond, WA. Those are routine reports for Public Health- Seattle-King… Continue Reading

Top food safety officials tell IAFP audience pathogens don’t wait

SALT LAKE CITY — Several hundred people attending the International Association for Food Protection annual conference Monday gave up lunch to hear Stephen Ostroff’s and Carmen Rottenberg’s updates on the federal regulatory scene. And Ostroff wasted no time in serving up the main course. The Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at FDA is… Continue Reading

Food safety might come up in handful of state ballot measures

State and local ballot issues involving food and agriculture sometimes push food safety onto the political stage. Not much of that is likely in 2018, however, because this year only a handful of states are going to be voting on food or agricultural measures. According to Ballotpedia, the nonpartisan online political encyclopedia, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon,… Continue Reading