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Coral Beach

Coral Beach

Managing Editor Coral Beach is a print journalist with 35 years experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, trade publications and freelance clients including the Kansas City Star, the Independence Examiner and Land Line Magazine. Most recently, Beach was a reporter for The Packer newspaper, an online and broadsheet trade publication covering the fresh produce industry in North America. During her time at The Packer, Beach specialized in food safety topics related to legislation, regulation, recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks. A Jayhawk by birth and education, Beach earned a bachelor’s of science in journalism from the University of Kansas. She enjoys playing trumpet in a community concert band and shares her childhood home in Kansas City with her sister Sandy Beach.

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Recalled Honey Smacks still on store shelves; more people sick

Some retailers are still selling recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks responsible for an expanding nationwide Salmonella outbreak, spurring the FDA to once again urge consumers to not buy or eat the cereal. Investigators have laboratory confirmation that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka is in the manufacturing facility and in unopened packages of the cereal. As… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Why wasn’t canal water tested months ago?

Romaine-related outbreak announced in March; canal water samples not collected until this month

Opinion

We’ve been reporting on the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce since federal officials first announced it on April 13. Actually, though romaine hadn’t been connected to it yet, we started reporting on the outbreak April 4. A day earlier New Jersey health officials had alerted the public to a cluster of E. coli… Continue Reading

Canal water likely source of E. coli in romaine-related outbreak

Federal officials say contaminated canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields is the likely source of the unusually virulent strain of E. coli that has sickened people across 36 states, killing five. The outbreak is over, according to an update this afternoon from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency has confirmed 210… Continue Reading

Public comes out in force for Hepatitis A vaccinations in NC

Just one day after public health officials urged customers of a Hardee’s restaurant in Charlotte, NC, to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A, almost 900 people had received the post-exposure treatment. Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris on Tuesday said the Hepatitis A outbreak in the county is growing, announcing that a Hardee’s employee could… Continue Reading

Canada declares E. coli outbreak over; no new details from U.S.

Canadian officials say an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona has ended with only eight confirmed cases in their country. In the United States, where at least five people have died in the outbreak, officials have not updated the public for weeks.  The U.S. outbreak investigators are apparently continuing their efforts, but… Continue Reading

Producer of recalled Honey Smacks kept secret amid outbreak

As public health officials in other countries urge consumers to throw away a Kellogg’s cereal because it’s linked to a Salmonella outbreak in the United States, the company that actually produced the cereal has not been named. The Kellogg’s recall notice says it is assisting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with an investigation to… Continue Reading

U.S. follows Canada with recall of Now Real Food seed snacks

A snack mix sold under the Now Real Food brand that was recalled in Canada a few days ago is now being recalled in the United States because clover seeds in the product are implicated in Salmonella outbreak investigations. In a recall notice for Now Real Food brand Zesty Sprouting Mix that was posted Thursday… Continue Reading