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Beth Krietsch is a New York-based freelance writer who covers health and technology. She is also working towards a Master of Public Health degree at New York University with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition, where her primary interests are food and nutrition policy. Previously, Beth spent a number of years as the West Coast Correspondent for PRWeek magazine where she covered the technology and digital communications beat. Earlier, she worked as a general assignment newspaper reporter.

Curious about how race and socioeconomic factors factor into foodborne illness risk, a number of researchers over the past few years have looked at foodborne illness risk among low-income and minority populations. Study findings show increased risk among minority populations, but researchers experience difficulty ascertaining whether disparities exist at the
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Until recently, just a few standard methods were used for foodborne pathogen identification. But these days, technological advances, including culture independent testing and whole genome sequencing, are quickly changing the space and speeding the testing process, but also sometimes complicating it. Though government agencies maintain foremost control in protecting our
Continue Reading Food Safety Challenges: Bridging the Gap Between the Public and Private Sectors

The number of antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella serotypes hasn’t increased drastically in recent years, but drug-resistant Salmonella continues to pose a public health threat in the United States, particularly as resistance spreads across classes of drugs, necessitates the use of more expensive drugs, makes treatment less effective, and, in worse-case scenarios, leaves
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Similar to any individual living with a weakened immune system or compromised body systems due to chronic disease, those with diabetes-related complications may be susceptible to increased risk and impact of foodborne illnesses. One reason those with diabetes may suffer increased impact of a foodborne illness is because diabetes-related complications
Continue Reading What Should You Know About Diabetes and Foodborne Illness?