Marijke Schwarz Smith

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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.

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In a story last summer for Food Safety News, I looked to see if the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recalls were biased toward any one day of the week. This inquiry followed what seemed to be several late Friday recall announcements, including a nationwide recall of contaminated ground turkey implicated in a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infection. That Friday recall and others raised questions about whether the timing of recall…
E. coli O157:H7, the culprit in foodborne illness outbreaks linked to everything from ground beef to cookie dough, produces a Shiga-like toxin that damages the filtering part of the kidney and leads to a life-threatening complication, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), in 2-7 percent of all infections. The pathogen is particularly hard on children; 90 percent of all HUS cases in children are the result of diarrhea-associated E. coli O157:H7 infections. But while the toxin…
Last year, after a particularly large recall of tainted meat was announced late one Friday night, marlerblog.com analyzed the recall patterns for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The question then was whether there were a preponderance of late Friday or weekend announcements and, if so, whether that timing might decrease public awareness of illnesses connected to contaminated food. But public data from the USDA-FSIS website recall archive showed that Sunday…
Cargill’s massive recall of ground turkey products last week was not the first time the industry giant had to call back potentially contaminated meat from the marketplace. Here is a brief list of some of the past recalls and associated outbreaks of foodborne illness involving Cargill, a company that sells food and agriculture products around the globe and whose net profit was more than $26 billion in 2010: 1993 – Cargill supplied meat to Northwest…
President Obama entered office amid one of the worst times for food safety.  January through April of 2009 saw an extraordinary number of recalls and elevated levels of illness due to the hundreds of products that were contaminated with Salmonella-laced peanuts and, to a lesser degree, pistachios. The number of recalls in the first few months of his presidency is an extreme outlier. The average number of recalls per month for January through April 2009…