Everyone who tracks food recalls knows they are an unpredictable and erratic occurrence. But even given that reality, food recalls during the past 30 days or so have been in a weird space.
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.
Almost one-third of the year is in the rearview mirror at the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and only two new multistate outbreaks of foodborne illnesses are on the books.
A dangerous outbreak…
Continue Reading Light start for foodborne illness outbreaks in 2020
COVID-19 has forced the closures of the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, SD, and the JBS USA beef plant in Greeley, CO.
Smithfield on Easter Sunday announced the former John Morrell plant…
Continue Reading Two large meat facilities shutdown because of too many employee COVID-19 cases
Daniel W. Kilgore, a one-time plant manager at the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) processing plant at Blakely, GA, has been released from a federal prison in Oakdale, LA, to a half-way house…
Continue Reading Ex-PCA manager Daniel Kilgore leaves federal prison in crisis for half-way house
If you’ve been convicted by a jury, had your conviction and sentence upheld by an appellate court, and the Supreme Court declined to review your case, there’s still a 2255 petition.
Saul Sanchez, a 78-year old “green hat” supervisor at the JBS beef plant in Greeley, CO, died from COVID-19 on April 7. He worked at the Greeley beef plant for more than 30 years.
The USDA by April 15 will ask a federal court in California to dismiss a second lawsuit filed to overturn the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS’s) new inspection system for market hogs. USDA earlier …
Continue Reading Federal court in California will hear oral arguments in USDA motion to dismiss swine lawsuit
The unions are down to one issue with the USDA about new inspection protocols for market hogs, and it is not food safety. After tossing out challenges to how USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service…
Continue Reading USDA gets all but the line speed issue thrown out of court
Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food has agreed to take corrective actions in two areas identified by a USDA audit of its food safety system for pork products exported to the United States.
“I’ve always been crazy, but it’s kept me from going insane.”
My last flight was out of Dallas Fort Worth on March 12. Total COVID-19 deaths in the United States…
Continue Reading Letter from the Editor: Grounded