From WOI-DT, Des Moines.
The California Department of Public Health is warning people Friday not to eat certain bagged salads manufactured by River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, no illnesses have been reported. The recalled salad products were distributed nationwide to retail and food service outlets under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer's Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco.
From the Food Safety News.
At least 10 people infected with Campylobacter in California reported drinking Organic Pastures raw milk prior to becoming ill, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Thursday. Raw milk, raw skim milk (non-fat), raw cream and raw butter produced by the Fresno County dairy have been recalled and are subject to a quarantine order imposed by California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford.
From the Times-Standard.
Food, fitness and fun are planned for the Network for a Healthy California's "Fruit and Veggie Fest" to take place Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grocery Outlet, 625 Commercial St.
The Network for a Healthy California, in partnership with retailers across California, hosts a series of Fruit and Veggie Fests each year to encourage people to make every meal delicious with the flavors of fruits and vegetables.
From the Mobile Commons Blog.
During the H1N1 scare in 2009, the California Department of Public Health wanted to help citizens get vaccinated against the virus. They had a database of all the places where Californians could go to get the vaccine. The problem was - they had no simple way for people to access that information.
Solution: Let people text in to find the closest clinic near them.
Working with Mobile Commons, the Department created a mobile database that let people text in to find not just a complete list of clinics ? but to find the clinic closest to them.
From ABC News.
California has launched a new health and wellness pilot program that supporters claim will save the state millions of dollars in health care costs.
The two year pilot program, sponsored by Health Corps and the California Department of Public Health, will focus on increasing physical activity, eating better and reducing stress. The first guinea pigs will be state employees.
From the San Francisco Chronicle.
The Assembly Committee on Appropriations soon will consider proposed legislation to require parents seeking a personal belief exemption in order to avoid required immunizations to submit a signed document to school officials.
The bill, AB2109, requires the pediatrician or other health care professional to sign a document stating that he or she has informed the parent about the individual and public health risks of not immunizing a child. The California Department of Public Health will develop a form or the physician may develop one.
From California Watch.
Medical studies spanning years and examining thousands of patients have upturned conventional thinking about heart attack prevention and treatment. The studies found that for many patients, coronary stents are not more likely to save lives or prevent a heart attack than medication and lifestyle changes. Yet some patients are not given the opportunity to weigh the risks and benefits of various treatment options.
Regulators for the California Department of Public Health discovered that "there was no consent for placing stents" in William"Ned" Smith, 72, who died after the procedure.