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  • FDA Advises Consumers, Tattoo Artists, and Retailers to Avoid Using or Selling Certain Tattoo Inks Contaminated with Microorganisms

    The FDA is alerting consumers, tattoo artists, and retailers of the potential for serious injury from use of tattoo inks that are contaminated with bacteria. Tattoo inks contaminated with microorganisms can cause infections and lead to serious health injuries when injected into the skin during a tattooing procedure, since there is an increased risk of infection any time the skin barrier is broken.

    05/17/2019

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  • Shellfish Safety Notification: Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Santa Cruz County

    Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins have been detected in mussels from Santa Cruz County. The naturally occurring PSP toxins can cause illness or death in humans. Cooking does not destroy the toxin. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is advising consumers not to eat sports-harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Santa Cruz County.

    05/10/2019

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  • Chicken Strips Recalled Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

    – Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 11,829,517 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal. The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020.

    05/07/2019

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  • Possible Listeria Contamination of French Soft Ripened Cheese

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination of l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese. This pasteurized, cow’s milk cheese was made by in St. Simeon, France and distributed throughout the U.S. The FDA advises consumers and retailers to not eat, sell, or serve cheese labeled as l’Explorateur.

    05/03/2019

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  • Foster Relationships to Strengthen Communities
    Foster Relationships to Strengthen Communities

    California has seen more than its share of challenges this year -- from devastating wildfires to events causing anxiety and depression, and deadly acts of violence. It’s easy to feel despair when following the news, even if we aren’t personally affected by these challenges. And for those who have been directly affected, the burden can be even heavier.

    05/01/2019

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  • Annual Quarantine of Sport-Harvested Mussels Begins May 1

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast. The quarantine begins May 1 and applies to all species of mussels that are recreationally harvested along the California coast, including all bays and estuaries. The quarantine is in place to protect the public against poisoning that can lead to serious illness, including coma and death.

    04/29/2019 12:49 PM

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  • Making Travel Plans? Make Sure You're Immunizied Against Measles

    People planning international travel should ensure they have already received the recommended two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Nationwide as of today, there have been 704 cases of measles reported in 2019, the highest number since 1994. Nearly all these cases have been linked to international travel by unvaccinated people. These travelers then spread the disease to unvaccinated populations in the U.S.

    04/29/2019

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  • FDA: Be Aware of Potentially Dangerous Products That Claim to Treat Autism

    Products or treatments claiming to cure autism are deceptive and misleading, because there is no cure for autism. The same is true of many products claiming to “treat” autism or autism-related symptoms. Some may carry significant health risks.

    04/24/2019

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