Coral Beach

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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. She enjoys playing trumpet in a community concert band and hanging our with her sister Sandy Beach at the beach house.

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UPDATE: Owners of Soom Foods reported this morning that they posted a recall on their website for the product identified in an FDA public health alert yesterday. Soom CEO Shelby Zitelman also said a contract manufacturer notified Soom officials in November 2018 about positive tests for Salmonella in the product. Soom sent samples to Vallid Labs on Dec. 14, 2018, and to Invisible Sentinel Labs on Jan. 15. Both labs returned negative results for Salmonella on the…
FDA public health alert A public health alert posted today by the FDA warns consumers about Salmonella found in another tahini product. The implicated company, Soom Foods, had not initiated a recall at the time of the FDA alert, according to the agency. Mid-afternoon today a spokesperson for Philadelphia-based Soom Foods told Food Safety News that the company was not aware of the alert regarding its 1-ounce packets of Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread. She…
Bacterial contamination was the No. 1 cause of almost all recalls posted by the USDA during the fourth quarter of 2018, while undeclared allergens were the top cause for recalls of food under the FDA’s jurisdiction. In its 2018 4Q Recall Index, released this morning, Stericycle reported 97.7 percent of the recalls under the jurisdiction of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) were initiated because of bacterial contamination. The pathogen behind 98.6 percent…
CDC public health alert Although it’s illegal to sell unpasteurized milk across state lines, federal officials say people in 19 states have been exposed to drug-resistant Brucella after consuming raw milk from Miller’s Biodiversity Farm in Pennsylvania. In a nationwide food safety alert, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that anyone who has consumed raw dairy products from the farm in the past three years should check in with their doctors. The outbreak…
Florida officials report the state’s hepatitis A outbreak count for January showed 189 confirmed cases confirmed across 26 counties. The central Florida region had the highest hepatitis A activity levels in the state this past month. The number of reported hepatitis A cases more than doubled from 2016 to 2017 after remaining relatively stable in previous years, according to the Florida Health Department. The case count in January this year was higher than those seen in…
A renewed public warning today from the FDA says a salmonella threat from certain imported tahini products is ongoing. Some of the recalled products may have label information in Hebrew only, making them difficult for many U.S. consumers to identify. Although only five confirmed Salmonella Concord infections have been reported to federal officials, the recalled tahini products have long shelf lives with expiration dates well into 2021. The FDA found Salmonella Concord in a sample…
Opinion Once again science trumps government when it comes to open, easy and meaningful access to the information we need. A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak and related recall of pasteurized chocolate milk in Canada was ever so lightly reported by public health agencies back in 2016. We covered the recall, expanded recall, and government warning in June 2016. The situation pretty much fell off radar screens after that. This week, thanks to the journal…
Multiple nut butters manufacturer by Oskri Corp. have tested positive for potentially deadly Listeria bacteria, causing the company to expand a recall posted earlier this month. In recent years the FDA warned Oskri about unsanitary conditions and other violations at its facility. The expanded recall covers all nut butters produced by Oskri — including butters made from seeds — according to a notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. The recall applies to…
General Mills Inc. has initiated a recall of all 5-pound bags of its Gold Medal brand unbleached flour with the “better if used by” date of April 20, 2020, after finding Salmonella in a sample. The iconic company did not indicate how many bags or the total pounds affected by the recall in its Jan. 23 recall notice. General Mills is urging consumers to check their homes for the recalled flour, advising people to dispose…
Likening a trip to the grocery store to shooting craps, a consumer watchdog group is reporting that data from the U.S. government shows food recalls are on an upward trend, which the advocates say could be reversed with common sense. Overall, food recalls increased 10 percent from 2013 through 2018. Meat and poultry recalls initiated because of the potential for serious health problems skyrocketed 83 percent, according to the report from U.S. PIRG (Public Interest…