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Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Annual Update
A draft of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Mental Health Services Act Annual Update is available for comment/review.
3/23/2018 1:22:00 PM
World TB Day
Saturday March 24th is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day. TB is an infectious disease passed through the air that usually attacks the lungs but can also attack any part of the body including the kidney, spine, and brain. Most Americans think TB is a disease of the past, but TB is still a significant public health threat, particularly in Monterey County.
3/23/2018 11:20:00 AM
Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products
Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.
Starting March 27, 2015 stores that sell perishable or nonperishable goods including clothing, food and personal items can no longer provide single use plastic carryout bags to customers.
- Affected stores must charge a minimum of $0.10 per bag for each recycled paper bag or reusable bag.
- Consumers are encouraged to bring any type of bag to a store for their purchases
- The ordinance does not include single use protective bags used to protect and transport produce, bulk foods, prescription medication, and meats to the cashier.
Why do we need a Reusable Bag Ordinance?
Single use plastic bags plague our waterways, oceans and natural environments, causing immeasurable harm to marine species and communities. Californians use 19 billion plastic bags every year, creating 150,000 tons of waste. Only 15% of plastic bags are recycled in California. The reusable bag ordinance is intended to encourage the use of reusable bags while reducing litter and keeping plastic bags out of local waterways.—Source: Central Coast Sanctuary Alliance
Keeping Bags Clean
The fabric or materials in reusable grocery bags can get contaminated with germs like Salmonella or E. coli from food or other items. These germs could then cross-contaminate other food or items we carry in the reusable bag and make us sick. See Care of Reusable Bags for information on how to care for your reusable bags