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The Hot Dog Days of Summer: Stay Safe With a Summer Favorite

Americans will consume millions of hot dogs this month and throughout the summer. Storing and cooking them properly is key to preventing illness.
 
- Don't let hot dog juices get on cooking utensils, food prep surfaces or other items in the fridge.
- Store hot dogs up to one week in the refrigerator once the package is opened, and up to two weeks unopened.
- Even though they come fully cooked, hot dogs should be heated until steaming (or to an internal temp of 165 °F) to prevent listeriosis.
 
You'll find tons more hot dog tips on the USDA FSIS website.hot-dogs


Stopping at the Farmer's Market?

Fresh produce is plentiful right now, and your local farmer's market is a great place to find it.
It's important to follow simple guidelines to make sure your fruits and vegetables are safe to eat. Remember to rinse fresh produce just before you eat or prepare it. Never use soap or bleach on your produce. Our shareable Produce Pro fact sheet has everything consumers need to know. Also, you can download free tools to help teach others in your community about how they can reduce their risk of foodborne illness.
 
Foodsafety.gov offers more tips to help you select your farmer's market produce.

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World Head & Neck Cancer Day: Free Head and Neck Cancer Screenings on 7/24 and 7/26

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is honoring World Head and Neck Cancer Day by offering free head and neck cancer screenings. Click HERE to learn more.

Responsibilities


The Health Department oversees Public Health Issues, Environmental Concerns, Animal Control, Substance Abuse Services and Social Services. They also administer and enforce local health ordinances. Responsibilities of this department include:
  • Operating programs and activities for mosquito and rodent control, and administering dog regulations
  • Planning and administering a comprehensive public health program including environmental sanitation, communicable disease control, child and adult health education, laboratory services
  • Public recreational bathing, Septic, Well, Kennel/Pet Shop, Retail food establishment inspections

  A Message From the New Jersey Department of Health  Regarding Multistate Outbreak of E. coli Infections

The New Jersey Department of Health has been working with The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several other states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, in the investigation of a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections. As of April 20, 2018, 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to April 6, 2018 with an age range of 10yrs. to 85 years, with a median age of 34 yrs. Seventy percent of ill people are female. Thirty-one ill people have been hospitalized, including five people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. 

Forty-one (95%) of 43 people interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started. NJ has 7 cases associated with this outbreak with Illnesses onset dates ranging from March 15, 2018 to March 26, 2018, with an age range of 18yrs. to 84 years and a median age of 46 yrs. Eighty-five percent of ill people are female and six have been hospitalized, including one who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. All six who were hospitalized have been discharged. All cases were interviewed and available exposures have been shared with CDC. Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine. Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions: so, any romaine lettuce where growing region cannot be ascertained should be thrown out. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If the type of lettuce is unknown, it should not be eaten and should be thrown away.


The CDC web posting can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html
The FDA web posting can be found at: https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm604254.htm

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The Middletown Municipal Alliance Presents the "Drugs and Alcohol Among Us" Series

Knowledge is the first step. Click HERE to watch the introductory video to learn more about the opioid epidemic and find out what Middletown Township is doing to help fight it.

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