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Managing Editor Coral Beach is a print journalist with more than 30 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. Before joining Food Safety News, 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 her bachelor’s of science in journalism from the University of Kansas.

Federal public health staff are investigating a new outbreak of Salmonella illnesses. As yet the Food and Drug Administration has not identified a source of the pathogen.

The FDA reports that 100 patients have been identified in the outbreak of Salmonella Africana infections. However, the agency has not reported where

Continue Reading New Salmonella outbreak has sickened 100; investigation ongoing in E. coli outbreak

The FDA has declared tara flour as a not “Generally Recognized As Safe” food and banned its use and importation in the United States. The action comes almost two years after an outbreak linked to the ingredient.

The flour was the implicated ingredient in Daily Harvest French Lentil + Leek Crumbles

Continue Reading FDA determines that tara flour is not safe; 500 were sickened by the ingredient

Research funded in part by the CDC has shown that food irradiation could reduce the number of foodborne outbreaks caused by pathogens.

For the project, researchers looked at 2,153 foodborne outbreaks from 2009 to 2020 caused by Campylobacter, Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria monocytogenes. Of those, 482 included information regarding

Continue Reading Researchers say irradiation of food could reduce foodborne illness outbreaks

Public health officials have determined that an outbreak of E. coli infections in a Utah city were caused by untreated municipal irrigation water.

In July through September 2023, there were 13 children confirmed with infections. Seven of the patients required hospitalization and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of

Continue Reading Investigators determine that E. coli outbreak was caused by untreated home irrigation water

After more than a decade of discussion, the Food and Drug Administration has published a final rule for certain agricultural water used in the production of produce.

The new rule was mandated by the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act.

The FDA says the new rule reflects science and information gleaned

Continue Reading FDA finally publishes ag-water rule for produce farming operations

A new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is under investigation and has been traced to organic walnuts. More than half of the infected people have been admitted to hospitals.

The Food and Drug Administration announced the outbreak this afternoon along with a recall of organic walnut halves and pieces from Gibson

Continue Reading New E. coli outbreak traced to organic walnuts distributed in 19 states

As of today, the USDA considers Salmonella an adulterant in raw, breaded, stuffed chicken products, making it illegal to sell them if they are contaminated with the pathogen.

The decision has been almost two years in the making. In August 2022 the deputy undersecretary for food safety for the USDA’s

Continue Reading USDA declares that Salmonella is an adulterant in some chicken products

Fresh organic basil sold at Trader Joe’s stores is behind a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the outbreak with the Food and Drug Administration. As of this afternoon, a dozen people across seven states have been confirmed with the outbreak

Continue Reading Investigators link Salmonella outbreak to fresh organic basil from Trader Joe’s

Part of a federal investigation into lead in certain cinnamon applesauce products has been shifted to a followup status.

The new approach by the Food and Drug Administration is designed to provide post-incident response action. The agency will continue surveillance activities as well as prevention and compliance activities, according to

Continue Reading FDA shifts approach to investigation into lead poisoning outbreak traced to applesauce

The implementation of a new traceability rule is more than a year and a half away, and the FDA won’t start enforcing the requirements of the rule until 2027, but a former agency leader says companies should begin making changes now.

Frank Yiannas, the former deputy commissioner of food policy

Continue Reading New technology can help companies meet intent of food safety traceability rule