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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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Walmart Takes a Stance on Animal Welfare, Antibiotics

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On Friday morning, Walmart announced its positions on the responsible use of animal antibiotics and on animal welfare. The company is now urging U.S. suppliers to Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to adopt and implement judicious use principles for antibiotic use in farm animals, specifically referring to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s principles and the Food… Continue Reading

FDA Chastised for Lack of FSMA-Required Recall Notification Guidance

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Many requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have yet to be implemented, and one of them is a recall notification system for grocery stores described in Section 211 of the law. The section on improving the Reportable Food Registry required that within one year of FSMA’s enactment in 2011, FDA “develop and publish… Continue Reading

FDA Proposes Collecting Animal Antibiotics Sales Data By Species

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to expand animal drug data to include information about species. Each year, the agency publishes a summary of the information animal drug sponsors are required to report every year by the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), but the data are only broken down by drug class…. Continue Reading

WTO Rejects U.S. Appeal of COOL Ruling

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The World Trade Organization has rejected a U.S. appeal of its decision that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on meat unfairly discriminates against meat imports and give the advantage to domestic meat products. The final ruling launches a WTO process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose on the U.S., and the… Continue Reading

What Makes Antibiotic Resistance a Food Safety Issue?

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Over this past weekend, I attended the American Society for Microbiology’s fourth conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens. In addition to hearing some fascinating presentations, I also had some thought-provoking conversations with my fellow attendees. Something that came up in our chats was what we mean when we call antimicrobial resistance… Continue Reading

FoodNet Data for 2014: E. Coli O157 Down, Mixed Results for Other Pathogens

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As in previous years, the latest federal data on trends in foodborne illness rates are a mixed bag. “The overall outlook is that there is some good news and I think we can learn from that, but that the news is not all good and there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Patricia… Continue Reading

Gillibrand Proposes Mandatory Recall Authority for USDA

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After FRONTLINE’s documentary on Salmonella in poultry aired Tuesday night on PBS, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) officially introduced legislation to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand discussed her Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act with reporters in February, saying that, if passed, the bill would make “the… Continue Reading

Mechanically Tenderized Beef Label Goes Into Effect May 2016

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The finalized labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef were released Wednesday and will go into effect in May 2016. Under the new rule, raw or partially cooked beef products must bear labels that state that they have been mechanically, blade or needle tenderized. The labels must also include cooking instructions — including the minimum internal… Continue Reading

Responsible Antibiotics Use Standard Introduced for Chicken in School Lunches

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Starting next fall, U.S. schools will have a new option for the type of chicken they purchase for school lunches. School Food FOCUS (Food Options for Children in the United States) and The Pew Charitable Trusts worked together to create the new Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use (CRAU) standard which will be verified by the Department of Agriculture…. Continue Reading

Taylor Says FDA is Working to Improve Consumer Confidence in GRAS

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is studying the regulatory comment submitted by consumer groups two weeks ago, suggesting that its rule for the process of determining food substances as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) be altered before it’s finalized. During last week’s Food Safety Summit in Baltimore, Michael Taylor, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods… Continue Reading