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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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Patrons of this Meijer store should get hepatitis A vaccines

Michigan officials made an urgent appeal Thursday for anyone who has eaten baked goods from a specific Meijer grocery store to immediately seek medical attention because an employee there has been confirmed with a hepatitis A infection. A narrow window of opportunity exists for people to receive post-exposure treatment to prevent infection. Those at risk… Continue Reading

Death Wish Coffee pulls ‘Nitro’ because of botulism risk

Less than two months after it hit retail shelves, Death Wish Coffee Co. is recalling “Nitro Cold Brew” beverage, ceasing production and changing its manufacturing process because it may have allowed deadly botulin toxin to develop in the product. The Round Lake, NY, company launched online sales of the beverage on Feb. 2, billing it… Continue Reading

Cyclospora cases through the roof; CDC can’t find source

Previous outbreaks were traced to fresh produce, ranging from imported cilantro to berries

Almost 1,000 people in the United States have contracted infections from  Cyclospora parasites since May 1. Health officials are baffled, saying they haven’t been able to discover the source of the microscopic creatures, which infect humans via contaminated food and/or water. There were 988 laboratory-confirmed victims in the ongoing outbreak, spread across 40 states, as… Continue Reading

Texas raw milk Brucella contamination hits 7 states

Although it is against federal law to sell unpasteurized milk across state lines, the CDC and state health departments are investigating illnesses in at least seven states in relation to Brucella bacteria found in raw milk from a Texas dairy. One woman in Texas has been in the hospital for weeks with a lab-confirmed case… Continue Reading

CDC expands on Texas warning about Brucella in raw milk

A month after Texas public health officials urged raw milk drinkers and their doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of Brucella infection, the federal government weighed in with its own advice. Anyone who drank unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, TX, from June 1 through Aug. 7 is “at an… Continue Reading

Officials: Misuse of cheese, dispenser caused botulism outbreak

California report on April-May outbreak still pending; no action yet against business owner

As victims of botulism poisoning traced to gas station nacho cheese continue to deal with severe health problems four and a half months after becoming ill, California health officials are trying to decide whether to fine the gas station owner. The illnesses began in late April. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) began its… Continue Reading

CDC discovers fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Federal and state officials are investigating another deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to papayas imported from Mexico, but they have not named retailers that sold the contaminated fruit. At least 14 people across Arizona, California and Colorado have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Anatum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. Continue Reading

Quorn agrees to change labels to reveal main ingredient is mold

Described by critics as being made from “vat-grown fungus,” Quorn Foods Inc. products are getting new labels prominently declaring they contain mold. The new label language is part of a class action settlement agreement between the company and a woman who filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of herself and anyone else in the United States… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: It’s not rocket science, it’s computer science

FDA investigates why Amazon took 6 months to stop selling recalled soy butter linked to outbreak

Opinion

If Jeff Bezos and the little online book-selling company he founded in a Seattle garage in 1994 can employ more than 314,000 people and buy Whole Foods Markets for $13.7 billion; If he and the company known simply as Amazon can post a 25 percent revenue increase, quarter-to-quarter, taking in $38 billion from April through… Continue Reading

Amazon today removed nut butter recalled in March for E. coli

Earlier today, Amazon.com was still selling I.M. Healthy soy nut butter that was recalled in March when federal officials traced an E. coli outbreak to the product. No one from Seattle-based Amazon immediately responded to mid-morning requests for comment from Food Safety News, but by 11 a.m. Pacific time, the recalled peanut butter substitute had… Continue Reading