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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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State-By-State Estimates of Foodborne Illness Can Inform Interventions

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A new study out of Ohio State University estimates the costs of foodborne illness on a state-by-state basis. Economist and associate professor of human sciences, Robert Scharff, found that, by conservative estimates, the average cost of illness per case ranges from $888 in West Virginia to $1,766 in Washington, D.C. The analysis, published in the… Continue Reading

Senate Agriculture Committee Mulls Options on COOL

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The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to discuss country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for meat, which requires that packages sold in the U.S. indicate the country, or countries, where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. “It doesn’t matter if you’re pro-COOL (and many are) or anti-COOL (and many are), you cannot ignore the fact that retaliation… Continue Reading

Congress Gives President Obama Fast-Track Authority for Trade Deals

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A contentious trade bill passed the U.S. Senate on Wednesday and is headed to the president’s desk. The Senate voted 60-38 to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which gives trade deals a “fast track” through Congress where lawmakers would only get an up-or-down vote without being able to add amendments. TPA passed the House in… Continue Reading

Senators Ask GAO to Examine Options for Food Safety Oversight

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Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) study whether creating a single food agency would increase efficiencies, reduce costs and improve safety. In January, Durbin and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced bills to establish such a single food safety agency independent of… Continue Reading

House Appropriations Gives FSMA $41.5-Million Increase

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The House Appropriations Committee has allocated a $41.5-million increase for the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety activities for fiscal year 2016, but it’s less than half of what President Obama’s budget requested. Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Robert Aderholt (R-AL) said Thursday in his opening remarks before the subcommittee’s markup of the draft appropriations bill that the increase is “to help… Continue Reading

Reid Calls for Full FSMA Funding on Senate Floor

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Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) urged Congress to fully fund the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in his remarks Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. “Unfortunately for many Americans, falling ill from contaminated food has become all too regular,” Reid said. He described the experiences of Rylee Gustafson and Lauren Bush, both of whom became… Continue Reading

FSIS Emails Reveal ‘Snapshot’ of Foster Farms Investigation

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Internal emails from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made public earlier this month tell some of the story behind the agency’s attempt to recall Foster Farms products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg in the months before it finally did so in July 2014. The latest batch of FSIS emails provided to… Continue Reading

Costco, Hillandale Farms Dispute Allegations of ‘Inhumane Treatment’

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The Costco grocery store chain and one of its egg suppliers, Hillandale Farms, have responded to the findings of an undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Earlier this week, HSUS posted a video online showing “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns” at a Hillandale egg facility in Gettysburg, PA…. Continue Reading

DeWaal Leaves CSPI for FDA Post

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Caroline Smith DeWaal has left the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) for a new position at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Her last day at CSPI was Thursday. DeWaal, who served as CSPI’s director of food safety for 21 years, will join FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition on Monday… Continue Reading