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Lydia Zuraw

Lydia Zuraw

Lydia Zuraw is a graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s from the Medill School of Journalism.  She was born and raised in the suburbs of Baltimore and lived in Illinois, Scotland and Washington state before returning to the East Coast.  In the past, she worked for NPR’s Science Desk, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and The Pacific Northwest Inlander.

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Jeni’s Reopens Ohio Production Kitchen But With Limited Capacity

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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has reopened its Columbus, OH, production kitchen after facing Listeria issues, but will only use it to make certain ingredients for its ice creams. After a random sample of Jeni’s ice cream tested positive for Listeria this past spring, the company recalled all of its frozen products on the market and… Continue Reading

Update: 99 Sickened After Eating at Southern CA Chipotle Restaurant

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As of Tuesday night, 99 people were reported sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, CA last week. Ventura County Public Health tells Food Safety News that 82 customers and 17 employees were sickened on Aug. 18 and 19. A number of people went to the ER, but it’s unknown if anyone was hospitalized. After… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports’ Ground Beef Study Elicits Differing Interpretations

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With its newly released study, Consumer Reports is arguing that ground beef from sustainably raised cows is safer than that from conventionally raised ones. Industry, however, says that the study shows low levels of pathogens in meat. The consumer organization tested ground beef samples for bacteria and found that all of it contained bacteria that… Continue Reading

Pre-Washed Spinach May Not Be As Clean As You Think

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While the rinse used on spinach may be effective at cleaning dirt and debris from the leaves, it’s not necessarily effective at killing pathogens, thanks to the topography of the spinach leaves. Researchers at the University of California-Riverside tested different wash conditions on spinach contaminated with E. coli and measured the rates at which the… Continue Reading

Comments in on FDA’s Plan to Collect Species-Specific Antibiotics Sales Data

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Public health advocates concerned about how antibiotics used on farms impact increasing resistance, have long expressed the need for more on-the-ground data – particularly use by species. In May, the Food and Drug Administration proposed adding estimates of drug sales by animal species — cattle, swine, chickens or turkeys — to the summary of the information… Continue Reading

Senators Still Want Answers From Antibiotic Resistance Task Force

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Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are still waiting for answers to animal antibiotics questions posed eight months ago. The senators originally wrote to the co-chairs of the Interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in December 2014 wanting to know about how the task force plans to address issues in enforcement,… Continue Reading

Oregon Outbreak Museum Memorializes What We’ve Learned About Foodborne Illness

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When revolutionary epidemiologist William Keene started working for the Oregon Public Health Division in 1990, he also started collecting packaging from recalled products, restaurant menus, and other elements from his outbreak investigations and displaying them in his office. “These exhibits commemorate why we do these investigations and the kind of products and things that can… Continue Reading

CDC Offers a Look Back at 20 Years of FoodNet

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Twenty years ago, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta established the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to track incidence of foodborne illness. For the September 2015 issues of Emerging Infectious Diseases, members of the FoodNet workgroup wrote about the history and achievements of the program. In the late 1980s… Continue Reading

Federal Report on Antimicrobial Trends Gets Interactive Update

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its 2012-2013 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. The new collection of data on antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats and animals at slaughter includes interactive graphs. NARMS is a partnership between FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and… Continue Reading

Crowdfunding Foodborne Illness Education in Hospitals

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The public health organization STOP Foodborne Illness has launched a crowdfunding campaign to educate emergency room doctors about foodborne illness. The organization is trying to raise $15,000 on everydayhero.com to pay for creation of an education packet to send to every pediatric ER and hospital in the U.S. so that patients receive proper treatment. Distinguishing the… Continue Reading