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Dan Flynn

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Petition seeks to change rules for ‘Product of USA’ meat labels

Country of origin labeling for meat once involved lofty policy debates in Congress and international bodies like the World Trade Organization. Now two influential groups have decided it would help domestic producers and consumers alike if USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) would change its policies. The Lincoln, NE-based Organization for Competitive Markets and… Continue Reading

Red Hen’s clean, but some inspection reports a bit curious

Whenever a previously obscure restaurant stumbles into the media’s spotlights, somebody is sure to raise its food safety record. After his press secretary was asked to leave the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, VA, this past week, President Donald J. Trump suggested that an eatery that is dirty on the outside is likely dirty on… Continue Reading

DOJ: Freshy Foods needs to cease operations until it cleans up

Inspectors have repeatedly found Listeria contamination in facility, ready-to-eat foods

A listeria strain that took up residence at Louisiana’s Freshy Foods in 2013 and remains there to this day, along with multiple instances where its ready-to-eat sandwiches were poisoned with the same pathogen, spurred government action Friday. Attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Consumer Protection Branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern… Continue Reading

Trump wants a single federal food safety agency put under USDA

President Donald J. Trump wants to consolidate federal food safety under a single agency housed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. President Barack Obama also wanted to consolidate food safety, only he preferred housing it in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Food and Drug Administration. Obama failed because Congress… Continue Reading

Appellate mandate ends biggest food safety criminal case in history

It’s over. After 1,952 days in federal trial and appellate courts, the case of the United States versus Stewart and Michael Parnell et al is no longer active. It became history Wednesday when David J. Smith, Clerk of Court for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, entered as the mandate or final… Continue Reading

Virulent Newcastle Disease means backyard chicken craze needs to clean up its act

Homeowners with backyard chickens have now given federal agriculture officials reason to worry. A contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry is spreading through backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in California. Virulent Newcastle Disease or vND is not a foodborne illness, but humans working with… Continue Reading

Canada changing beer standard to help brewers, consumers

Changes sought by brewers to Canada’s National Beer Standard are open for comments during the next 90 days, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Beer is one of the industries that made Canada great again and again as its 817 brewing facilities account for 84 percent of the beer purchased in Canada. Domestic wines… Continue Reading

CDC says Rose Acre Farms egg outbreak ‘appears to be over’

A 10-state Salmonella Braenderup outbreak associated with the largest egg recall since 2010 is apparently over, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Originally announced April 16 as a nine-state incident with 23 illnesses, the outbreak ended up with 45 confirmed cases in 10 states with 11 of the sick people requiring… Continue Reading