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Marijke Schwarz Smith graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Individualized Studies - Public Health and a B.A. in Geography. She is currently a candidate for a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. She has a specific interest in how the geography of a location can influence the health of the location's inhabitants. Along with a keen interest in food and cooking, Marijke has a passion for bikes and has raced at the collegiate level.

The always unpleasant and sometimes devastating effects of foodborne illness are often compounded by the knowledge that the illness could have been prevented.  Basic actions in the kitchen during preparation and storage of food can greatly reduce the likelihood of infection.  It is hard to imagine a worse feeling that knowing your improperly prepared food…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 76 million incidents of foodborne illness occur in the United States each year.  Many of these cases are slight enough to not merit a visit to the doctor and go unreported.  However, about 5,000 deaths per year are associated with contaminated food.

Knowing…