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Dan Flynn is a Denver-based writer and editor with more than ten 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.

KENAI, AK — Above the popular IGA Country Foods store here is a wholesale produce business that most first-floor grocery shoppers never even notice. Go through the swinging black doors by the milk, however, and up the stairs, and you will find CFG of Alaska, a broadline foodservice distribution company serving all of South Central…

Any day you can get out of jail early is a good day.  But it remains very doubtful that Mary Wilkerson will get out even a day early.  She has one year, seven months, and 24 days left to serve at the federal correctional facility in Marianna, FL.

But her pro bono attorney,  Thomas G.…

Senators Pat Roberts, D-KS, and Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, were beaming Tuesday during the first agricultural committee hearing since the Farm Bill passed.

Roberts, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Nutrition, was so proud he kept asking to be reminded that the Farm Bill, now in conference, passed the Senate by an 86…

Just a year ago, the first poultry products processed in China from raw chicken raised and slaughtered in Chile entered the United States — a mere 110 pounds of cooked breaded chicken. But a congressional food safety expert says two of three new Chinese poultry processing plants eligible since late 2017 to export products to…

An outbreak of Salmonella Reading caused by raw turkey products has sickened 90 people in 26 states and hospitalization was already required in 44.4 percent of those cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta announced Thursday.

With the CDC announcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service…

Political ramifications are coming in from two events in the past week involving the meat industry.

The first event was a July 12 forum sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on issues surrounding the cultured meat grown from in vitro animals cell culture.

A big newsmaker at that event was Dr. Michael Hansen,…

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…

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…

SALT LAKE CITY — A college student went to the microphone after Target Corp.’s Ann Marie McNamara finished the John H. Silliker Lecture on “Heros Past and Future” with a suggestion.

“We should make a movie!” said the student who got away before we could get her name.

She was an example of just how…

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…