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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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Chipotle still seeking food safety; Ells says ‘esoteric’ plan failed

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Repeating phrases they have been using for the past year, officials with Chipotle Mexican Grill this week announced food safety enhancements and dismal sales numbers. The news broke Monday that the Denver-based burrito chain would be installing new air purifying equipment and ice machine sanitizers in all of its existing 2,200 fast food restaurants and… Continue Reading

Michigan governor nixes bill to kill mushroom certification

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An anti-regulation bill that would have eliminated a training requirement for people selling wild mushrooms to food establishments in Michigan has been vetoed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The measure, HB 5532, was approved along party lines by the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives and Senate — 57-52 in the House and 26-11 with one not voting… Continue Reading

Salmonella outbreak traced to hazelnuts from Oregon farm

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Oregon officials are warning consumers to check their homes for hazelnuts from the Schmidt Farm and Nursery farm stand and to immediately discard them because they have been named the cause of a Salmonella outbreak. The warning Friday from the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division reported five people have been confirmed in the outbreak… Continue Reading

FDA allows more time for comments on ‘healthy’ food labels

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Four months wasn’t long enough for some in the food industry to figure out how they want the FDA to define “healthy” for use on food labels, so the agency has extended the comment deadline on the topic for another three months. The Food and Drug Administration’s deadline for public comments on the topic is… Continue Reading

Feds waited 8 months to reveal cucumber Salmonella outbreak

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The fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers since 2013 sickened people in at least eight states and spurred a national grocery chain to pull mini cucumbers from shelves this past spring — but federal officials didn’t go public about it until this week. In a report dated today, eight months after the outbreak, scientists… Continue Reading

Warning: Staph found in Stone Meadow Farm raw milk cheese

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Pennsylvania officials are warning consumers who have purchased certain raw milk cheeses from Stone Meadow Farm to discard them immediately because samples from the dairy have tested positive for the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus. Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected samples at the dairy in Centre County on Dec. 12. The cheeses were made… Continue Reading

Cilantro blamed in E. coli outbreak despite negative lab results

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An E. coli outbreak this past summer in Chicago that sickened more than 100 people was likely caused by fresh cilantro, according to the city’s final outbreak report, even though no food from the implicated restaurant tested positive for the pathogen. The report from the Chicago Department of Public Health, obtained through a Freedom of… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: Del Monte’s pretty in pink with OK for GMO

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Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. has not release photographs of the GMO pink-fleshed pineapple. Photo illustration

You’ve gotta give it to those marketing magicians at Del Monte Fresh Produce Co. Back in the 1990s when they introduced the phrase “golden extra sweet pineapple” they stated the obvious with fabulous flair. I can’t help myself. I have to write down the entire phrase when drafting a shopping list. That brilliance will no… Continue Reading

Stonewall Kitchen recalls mixes for tainted powdered milk

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A second company has issued a recall of pancake and waffle mixes — this time Stonewall Kitchen — because the FDA found Salmonella at a manufacturing facility where powdered milk for the mixes was produced. The Stonewall Kitchen recall Thursday came a day after the Publix Super Markets grocery store chain recalled some of its… Continue Reading

Publix recalls mixes; cites powdered milk Salmonella problem

Publix pancake mix

The Publix Super Markets grocery chain is recalling some of its pancake and waffle mixes because powdered milk in them may be contaminated with Salmonella. Publix officials initiated the recall after the supplier of the powdered milk notified them about the possible contamination, according to a notice posted on the grocery chain’s website Wednesday. Consumers… Continue Reading