Beth Krietsch

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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.

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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 income level, mainly because of the way foodborne illness data is tracked. Jennifer Quinlan, an associate professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel…
Despite the common belief that food fraud in the United States is a rarity, the globalized nature of our food supply chain means many of our favorite foods and ingredients travel far and wide before they reach our plates, making adulteration and other types of food fraud a considerate problem here as well. And it’s not just one food being called another (e.g. escolar as tuna) that we need to worry about. Many of the…
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 food supply, many times these cutting-edge advances originate in academic institutions and laboratories within the private and non-profit sectors, and it can be tough for…
The mishandling or undercooking of raw chicken meat associated with the recent Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak has sickened nearly 340 people across 20 states and Puerto Rico since March and has caused concern among consumers, consumer groups, and food-safety advocates about the safety of our food system and the efficacy of testing systems designed to keep our nation’s food supply safe. After identifying three California processing facilities as the likely source of the Salmonella outbreak,…
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 infections untreatable. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study identified increasing resistance to a class of drugs called Cephalosporins, which are commonly used…
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 may delay an individual’s natural response to infection. It can also lengthen the process of recovering from a foodborne illness compared to someone without diabetes.…
The opportunity to use social media platforms to report and track foodborne illnesses is becoming increasingly feasible as more and more people use social media to discuss the ins and outs of daily life. In April, a few volunteer developers in Chicago launched an app called Foodborne Chicago, which aims to facilitate a connection between the Chicago Department of Public Health and individuals who may have been affected by a foodborne illness. The app…