Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Cans may not be processed, may be contaminated by organisms or pathogens.
Wednesday, March 27
The Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that La Preferida, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 56,808 29 oz. cans of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans (Water & Salt). The Can Code is PINTO LP, BEST BY 01/03/2015, “Time” 3003, and can be found on the top of the can. Consumers who find any products with this code should return them to their local grocery store for a full refund. A preliminary inspection by the manufacturer indicates that 420 cans may not have been fully processed, which could result in product contamination by organisms or pathogens that could lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reported illness associated with the consumption of this product, which was distributed for retail sale nationwide …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Health Department reports high flu activity in RI, vaccination demand causing sporadic shortages.
The CDC reports an elevated number of flu cases in the US, with the RI Department of Health reporting widespread flu, but Cumberland and North Smithfield have vaccination clinics to keep you healthy. North Smithfield is offering a flu clinic today at North Smithfield Middle School, 1850 Providence Pike, from 4 to 7 p.m. for people six months and older. Cumberland is offering a flu clinic Friday at Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Road, from 4 to 7 p.m., for people six months and older. There is no cost for any vaccination and health insurance is not a requirement at public clinics. Anyone who is insured should bring his or her insurance card. In addition to flu vaccine, pertussis (whooping cough) and pneumonia vaccine will be …
Friday, December 28, 2012
How has smoking impacted your life? Are you trying to quit? Does someone you care about smoke?
In honor of the New Year, the RI Department of Health is encouraging smokers to quit in 2013 with the launch of its new smoking cessation campaign, “Tobacco Made Me.” The new campaign, which showcases personal stories from Rhode Islanders whose lives have been negatively impacted by smoking and tobacco use, is designed to motivate current smokers to call the state’s quit line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. How has smoking impacted your own life? Are you a previous smoker and quit? How did you do it? Tell us your story in the comments section. “Quitting smoking is tough, but the more times that a smoker tries to quit, the more likely he or she is to ultimately be successful,” said Dr. Michael Fine, director of the health department. “Smokers …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
David Stoll, MD, to pay $1,500 fine for improper inventory, storage of drugs.
David Stoll, MD, 61, practicing oncology and hematology, has been fined $1,500 by the RI Department of Health and ordered to stop preparing chemo-therapeutic drugs at his office. Stoll, whose business address is 55 Hamlet Ave., has privileges at Landmark Medical Center, and is still licensed to practice medicine, according to Health Department Spokeswoman Dara Chadwick. According to the Health Department, Stoll received four shipments of chemotherapeutic drugs between 2006 and 2009, and, due to the absence of inventories, invoices or dispensation records, they are considered unaccounted for. Also, an inspector discovered non-sterile items in the area where Stoll was preparing the drugs (a process referred to as compounding) and Stoll …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Rhode Islanders asked to take precautions against mosquitoes.
Reports of West Nile Virus are moving closer to home for Woonsocket residents - the Rhode Island Department of Health reports a man in his 20s from Providence has been diagnosed with meningitis resulting from a West Nile Virus (WNV) infection. The man is now recovering. According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), as of Sept. 11, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in mosquitos, birds, and people. West Nile Virus, unknown in the US until the late 1990s, is now detected throughout the nation in birds or mosquitos or in people or other animals every year. The CDC reports that about 20 percent of people who become infected with West Nile Virus develop West Nile Fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and …