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Dan Flynn

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More food producers exempt from FSMA under Tester-Hagen

Eight years after the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed by Congress, the Tester-Hagan amendment is coming into focus. It is a loophole that keeps on growing for an exemption that may never quit. Named for Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, and Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, the amendment was a late concession obtained by the… Continue Reading

Latest organic controversy involves carrageenan as an additive

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The growing, but increasingly fractured organic industry does little these days that is not without controversy. USDA’s decision earlier this week to buck a recommendation and allow carrageenan as an ingredient in organic products is just another example. With 7 percent domestic and 11 percent international growth rates, sales of organic foods are approaching $50… Continue Reading

Cattlemen ask judge to impose mandatory COOL for beef, pork

Opponents who could not see the issue more differently have nonetheless put the decision in the hands of a federal judge who heard the arguments last month, and she has not yet decided.  At issue is whether USDA was wrong to remove mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements after it was instructed by Congressional… Continue Reading

Vulto Creamery shut down because owner did not ‘understand’

Investigation into deadly Listeria outbreak shows company knew cheese plant was contaminated

A federal court has shut down the Walton, NY, creamery that last year was the source of a multistate listeriosis outbreak that infected eight people in four states with listeriosis, resulting in two deaths. In a civil action, U.S. District Court Judge Brenda Sannes permanently enjoined Vulto Creamery LLC and its owner Johannes H. Vulto… Continue Reading

Dream team ready to help South African listeriosis victims

A dream team of world-class food safety experts is ready to go on behalf of the victims and their family members, according to the mammoth 501-page lawsuit dropped on Tiger Brands this past Thursday by South African trial lawyer Richard Spoor. In the complaint, seeking $2 billion in damages in the worst listeria outbreak in… Continue Reading

Growers form controlled-environment agriculture safety group

A new food safety group for controlled-environmental agriculture will sprout in June in Chicago, according to leading CEA growers. “The intent is to establish food safety standards,” says a spokesman. Brightfarms, AeroFarms and Little Leaf Farms are the controlled-environmental growers getting behind the new food safety group. The first meeting will be during the United… Continue Reading

New audit finds Spain’s pork inspections ‘equivalent’ to U.S.

The USDA’s most recent onsite audit of Spain’s inspection system for raw and processed pork products found the European nation’s efforts remain equivalent to those of the United States. The report for the audit conducted in Spain from Sept. 27 to Oct. 19, 2017, was released Tuesday by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)…. Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell gets new appellate attorney; seeks more time

 Ringer — A person who is highly proficient at a skill or a venue brought in to supplement the team. There is no doubt Atlanta attorney Amy Weil is highly proficient in the very exclusive venue of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Both as chief of the Appeals Division for the… Continue Reading