Dan Flynn

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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.

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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 Alaska with warehouse facilities in Anchorage, Fairbanks and here in Kenai. Also known as Country Foods Wholesale, its a business…
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. Ledford,  has filed court documents to preserve evidence from the trial that saw her convicted. The jury didn’t say guilty for…
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 to 11 vote. He did not ask how long it has been since the Senate has confirmed a presidential nominee as USDA’s…
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 the United States are located in provinces never subjected to equivalency auditing by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).…
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 (FSIS) said it is  continuing to work with its federal partners to monitor a Salmonella Reading outbreak that may be…
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, senior scientist for Consumers Union, the advocacy division for the iconic Consumer Reports. A part of Hansen’s testimony disclosed a…
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 her. For those of you who might be disappointed in that, I am listing a couple recent Rottenberg on the…
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 safety recommendations with regional growers.  The Council said the practices it recommended should be “implemented at the earliest possible opportunity.”…
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 inspired those attending the final day of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) in Salt Lake City. McNamara’s remarks…
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 County, that is true.   But that kind of information is rarely seen outside the inner sanctum in most of the…