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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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California Governor Signs Bill Regulating Animal Antibiotics


On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, which will make the Golden State the first in the nation to require a veterinarian’s prescription for therapeutic antibiotic uses in livestock, ban other uses (including low-dosage levels used to prevent diseases), and require that data be collected on antibiotic use. In his… Continue Reading

FDA Shares Its FSMA Training Strategy


In order for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to be successfully implemented, training is key. Employees in the food industry are ultimately responsible for getting the training they need to comply with FSMA rules, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a plan for facilitating this training, along with the help of… Continue Reading

CDC, State/Local Health Partners Ask: How Large is Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Fig & Olive?


Multiple cities are investigating Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to eating at Fig & Olive restaurants, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells Food Safety News. Illnesses have so far been reported Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, and the investigation is ongoing to determine whether there are illnesses in other states linked to eating… Continue Reading

Conversation Begins About How to Collect On-Farm Antibiotic Use Data


You need data to know if interventions to foster the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs are actually adopted and whether they have the desired effect in terms of both antibiotic use practices (also known as stewardship) and managing antibiotic resistance. On Wednesday, the federal agencies at the forefront of the resistance fight — the… Continue Reading

Update: Six Vermont E. Coli Cases Being Linked to Undercooked Ground Beef

Worthy Burger hamburger

Officials with the Vermont Department of Health say that two more cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) have been linked to ground beef that was served at Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT. That brings the outbreak total to six confirmed and three probable cases. According to a Wednesday, Sept. 30, news report, state health inspectors found the… Continue Reading

Cucumber Producer Will Donate to Food Safety Education Campaign

Bulk unwrapped cucumbers in box

Andrew & Williamson, the San Diego-based company linked to a Salmonella Poona outbreak that has sickened 558 people and killed three, recently announced that it intends to donate to a STOP Foodborne Illness campaign to educate emergency room doctors about foodborne illness. David Murray, a partner at Andrew & Williamson, said in a statement that everyone at… Continue Reading

Don’t Forget the Epidemiology: Unraveling a Five-Year Listeria Outbreak


It’s not every day that you see an outbreak of foodborne illness spanning five years. But that’s what happened with a Listeria outbreak first announced 10 days ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just last month, it was whole-genome sequencing that connected together the 24 illnesses reaching back to 2010. But good… Continue Reading

FDA: Be Careful of Unpasteurized Apple Cider This Fall


It’s PSL season again. For the uninitiated, this means that Starbucks is again selling its beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL), and you can barely look at Pinterest and food blogs without seeing recipes for various pumpkin-flavored treats. This time of year is also sometimes referred to as fall or autumn. But apple cider also pops… Continue Reading

The Results From Our Reader Survey Are In


(Food Safety News Executive Editor Dan Flynn is away, so Washington, D.C., reporter Lydia Zuraw is using this space to discuss some results from the recent FSN reader survey.) Last month, we opened an online survey to learn more about our readers and ask their opinions about Food Safety News so we can make the site even better…. Continue Reading

CDC: 1 Death, 24 Illnesses in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese


Whole genome sequencing has allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to connect at least 24 Listeria infections over the past five years to soft cheese. The 24 illnesses in nine states have been report since Aug. 8, 2010. One death was reported from Ohio. Twenty-one people were hospitalized. Five illnesses were pregnancy-related;… Continue Reading