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Coral Beach

Coral Beach

Coral Beach is a print journalist with more than 30 years experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and trade publications including the Kansas City Star, the Independence Examiner and the St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette. 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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Tainted soy butter spurs recalls one by one; FDA remains mum

Pro Sports Club recall of 20/20 bars likely first of many secondary recalls amidst E. coli outbreak

recalled 20 20 protein bars SoyNut butter

As federal officials remain silent on sales and distribution details about a soy-based peanut butter substitute linked to a nationwide E. coli outbreak, secondary recalls of products made with the tainted soy butter have begun, leaving consumers to wonder how long they will have to wait for companies to voluntarily reveal how many more foods are… Continue Reading

Dozens sick from soy nut butter; FDA mum on manufacturer

Almost 90 percent of the victims in the ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to a soy substitute for peanut butter are children.

With the victim count at more than two dozen and expected to increase, lab reports show little doubt that I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter products are implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak, but corporate and government officials are still not saying what other products might also be contaminated. Three states — Oregon, Washington… Continue Reading

Civil suit does what FDA won’t — names soy nut butter maker

More E. coli cases expected in nationwide outbreak; distribution details deemed corporate secrets

logo Dixie Dew Products

No one knows how many more people will become victims of an ongoing E. coli outbreak traced to soy nut butter products, partly because consumers don’t know what foods could be contaminated — and the FDA refuses to name the manufacturer. However, a civil action filed Monday by an outbreak victim’s parents may free up the… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The main event EWG vs. AFF — no holds barred

Opinion

Dirty Dozen list 2017

The “Dirty Dozen” is in the news again and as usual I’m imaging a remake of the 1967 motion picture with a cauliflower playing Ernest Borgnine’s character, a cucumber in place of Donald Sutherland and some kind of smooth-skinned melon in the role played by Telly Savalas. I imagine production numbers to rival those in… Continue Reading

SoyNut Butter Co. adds Dixie Diner’s Club brand to recall

recalled Dixie Diners Beanit Butter SoyNut Butter Co

The identity of the soy nut butter manufacturer whose product is implicated in a nationwide E. coli outbreak remained a mystery today as a second brand of products was recalled. Dixie Diner’s Club brand of “Carb Not Beanit Butter” was added to the recall by the SoyNut Butter Co., which has already recalled all flavors,… Continue Reading

2 dead in multi-state Listeria outbreak traced to Vulto cheese

Vulto Creamery logo with cheese

Two people are dead and four others are confirmed sick with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk. Vulto Creamery is recalling the cheese from retailers and distributors nationwide. It’s been more than five months since the first outbreak victim became sick on Sept. 1, 2016, but federal officials… Continue Reading

Oregon confirms E. coli in SoyNut Butter from victims’ home

Name of Kentucky manufacturer not revealed; contaminated soy butter could be in other products

E. coli found in SoyNut Butter I.M. Healthy

Oregon health officials are the first to confirm E. coli contamination in  I.M. Healthy brand soy nut butter after testing product collected from the home of two children who are among victims of a nationwide outbreak. “People need to know that if they have this product in their pantries, they should immediately return it to… Continue Reading

UPDATE: SoyNut Butter Co. expands recall to all soy butters, granola

16 people across 9 states sick with E. coli; schools, childcare centers urged to check for products

I.M. Healthy products soynut butter

UPDATE: 12:14 a.m. EST March 8, 2017 —  The SoyNut Butter Co. revealed that another company manufactured the soy nut butter implicated in an ongoing E. coli outbreak. Also, the CDC updated its outbreak data. There are now 16 confirmed cases of E. coli infection across nine states. Additional details below. An E. coli outbreak linked to peanut butter substitute… Continue Reading

Parents of 8-year-old E. coli victim sue SoyNut Butter Co.

I.M. Healthy brand recall expanded; health officials warn against all SoyNut Butter products

recalled I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butter

The first civil action filed against the SoyNut Butter Co. in relation to an ongoing E. coli outbreak seeks compensation for a 25-day hospital stay and what will likely be life-long health consequences for an 8-year-old boy. The boy is one of 12 victims in five states confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli… Continue Reading

Hot topics front and center at Food Safety Summit 2017

Impact of President Trump's 2-for-1 regulation rule, Listeria control are of high interest this year

Food Safety Summit 2017 preview

The largest Food Safety Summit in the event’s history was the 18th annual summit in 2016, but attendee registrations and show floor booth reservations are on track for year 19 to set new records. Scheduled for May 8-11 at the Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare International Airport in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, IL, the… Continue Reading