Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk

Frescolina ricotta salata cheese has been tied to an outbreak of listeria that has hospitalized 14 people and killed 3 across the country.
Deaths were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and New York.

Forever Cheese Inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202,  from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Ricotta salata is a salty white cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk. It is often served crumbed or grated as an ingredient in salads, pastas and other dishes. It is not the same as ricotta cheese, a very soft cheese sold in plastic tubs and used for dishes such as lasagna.

If you believe that you have purchased any of this cheese please contact your distributor or retailer for a full refund and do not consume it.

 

For more details, click here [  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm318844.htm?source=govdelivery ]

September is National Preparedness Month: Putnam County Supports Ninth Annual Observance

September is National Preparedness Month: Putnam County Supports Ninth Annual Observance

 Brewster, NY- National Preparedness Month (NPM) is held each September to encourage Americans to prepare for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. Supported by County Executive MaryEllen Odell and her office, the Bureau of Emergency Services (BES) and the Department of Health (DOH), this year’s month-long effort marks the ninth edition of the annual observance, established in response to the events of September 11. The event is sponsored by FEMA’s Ready Campaign in partnership with the Citizens Corps Council, a national network of volunteers dedicated to ensuring hometown safety. Putnam County’s Medical Reserve Corps is a part of this national organization. With its more than 250 members, it is a crucial addition to the county’s emergency response plan.

The key messages for individuals during NPM are preparation and self-reliance. Residents should be prepared to manage three days without utilities including electricity and water, and access to supermarkets or other local services. Residents should also be prepared for the possibility of limited response from police, fire, and emergency medical services or rescue, as they may need to focus first on large, widespread problems.

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The Putnam County BES, in collaboration with the county DOH, stress the importance of being prepared for any type of emergency—be it a weather-related natural disaster, like the

October 2011 snow storm, or a man-made catastrophe like September 11. The following suggestions are offered as a start for individuals and families to plan their preparedness:

  • Stock a first aid kit and emergency supplies to meet your family’s needs for three days at minimum. Make sure every family member knows where these supplies are stored.
  • Have a battery-operated radio, with back-up batteries. Listen to media reports for up-to-date information. WHUD (100.7 FM Radio) and WFAS (103.9 FM, 1230AM Radio) provide local information. On television, News Channel 12 Hudson Valley provides the local view.
  • Make sure at least one phone will operate without electricity. If you use a cordless phone, have a spare, hard-wired phone to plug directly into the phone jack, typically on the wall. With cell phones, have a car charger available for recharging purposes.
  • Keep important phone numbers written down and available by each phone in the house.
  • Know the best escape route from each room in the house.
  • Plan locations where family members will meet in case they cannot get home. One spot should be near your home, another should be outside your neighborhood.
  • Review and be familiar with your child’s school emergency plan.

 

Specialized services: NY-Alert, Medical Reserve Corp, and 2-1-1

In times of emergency, specialized services can make all the difference in individual and family safety. New York Alert, the Putnam County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the 2-1-1 Call Center are some examples of free available resources.

NY-Alert is the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification system committed to providing current information about risks, threats and appropriate responses. With a free sign-up,

residents can receive warnings and information via their cell phone, email, web or other technologies. Personal information is completely protected and never shared. The selected alerts

can be modified or cancelled at any time by the subscriber. For more information, visit: www.nyalert.gov

The Medical Reserve Corps supports the health and well-being of county residents during a time of public health emergency, or in the event of a disaster. The organization recruits

and trains volunteers year-round and those who serve in the group come from all walks of life. MRC volunteers are not first responders during a disaster. While some may have strong medical qualifications, others contribute by serving as interpreters or with data entry or patient registration. Each volunteer is an asset to the program and new recruits are always needed and welcomed. For more information, call 845-808-1390 and ask for Keiren Farquhar, MRC Coordinator.

The United Way’s 2-1-1 Call Center is available year-round, seven days a week from 8 am to 8 pm, and can be expanded to 24/7 coverage during times of disaster. This helpline can be reached by simply pressing 2-1-1 on the phone and call specialists provide “one-stop” access to information and referrals to health and human services organizations most appropriate for each caller. Specialists are available to communicate in more than 200 languages.

Numerous other resources exist to assist individuals and families plan their preparedness. Emergency preparedness has vastly improved during the last decade. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of these resources. Please visit FEMA’swww.ready.gov, or BES website at www.pcbes.org. Another helpful resource is the website of the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/features/beready/.

County Officials First in Line for Flu Shots

The Department of Health was very busy as the 2012 influenza clinic season kicked off. Executive MaryEllen Odell received her flu shot from Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, and Legislators Carl L. Albano, District 5, and Vincent Tamagna, District 1, received theirs from public health nurse Jeanette Baldanza, RN, immunization coordinator.

Commissioner Beals encourages everyone six months of age and older to get a flu vaccine. “There is nothing trivial about contracting the flu,” said Dr. Beals. “Besides being sick in bed for a number of days at minimum, the flu can be severe or even deadly, particularly for those with chronic medical conditions or those who are elderly or very young.”

Putnam residents flocked to the Carmel Fire Department later in the day, Monday, September 10, for the first public flu clinic, open to all Putnam County residents, 18 years of age and older. The next clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, from 2 pm to 6:30 pm at the Garrison Fire Department, 1616 Route 9, and again at the Carmel Fire Department on Monday, October 15, 2 pm to 6:30 pm, Route 52 and Vink Drive.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012 AT 0900 HOURS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012 AT 0900 HOURS

  • The hazmat team will meet on Wednesday, November 7th at the TOP’s Building beginning 19:30 hours.
  • The Fire Police Team will meet on Monday, November 12th at the Sheriff’s Office starting at 19:00 hours.
  • The Putnam County Chief’s Association Training Seminar is still scheduled to be held on Monday, November 5th at the TOP’s Building beginning at 19:00 hours. Please fax a list of names to the bureau as soon as possible.
  • Please monitor your I Am Responding messages for updates on when cancelled classes will be rescheduled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Fire Administration Acknowledges the New Fire Service Ethics Statement

To provide guidance to address complex ethical questions, the National Society of Executive Fire Officers and Congressional Fire Services Institute jointly have released a firefighter code of ethics that can be adopted by local fire and emergency medical service organizations. In acknowledgement of the importance of this first of its kind fire service ethics statement, the U.S. Fire Administration has posted the statement throughout the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) facilities and will now include the statement in all course materials distributed to NFA students.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell featured on Meet the Leaders

Meet the Leaders is an insightful program with area leaders, Meet the Leaders explores the people, policies and issues which are responsible for directing the future course of regional communities. Through discussion and query directed by our host / moderator, Meet the Leaders helps our viewers to gain a deeper understanding and a greater awareness of the factors integral to the formation of local decision.

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Justin Scavone recieves highest rank in Eagle Scouts Troop #1 of Carmel

Justin Scavone, from The Boy Scouts of America Troop #1 of Carmel, has satisfactorily performed the necessary prerequisites to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, which will be acknowledged by his fellow scouts, friends and relatives at a recognition ceremony to be held on Saturday, October 6th, 2012 in Pawling.  The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest award a Scout can receive.

Justin improved the fitness trails at Lakeside Park in Pawling by installing three fitness stations with the help of volunteers and donations from the community.  Jason also raised over $3,000 for finishing touches to complete this project.

Let’s congratulate Justin on a job well done!

 

 

8/26/12 Sunday Announcements – 0900 HOURS

The EMT Pilot Program on Geriatrics will be held on Tuesday, August 28th at the TOP’s Building beginning at 19:00 hours.

The Fire Investigation Team will meet on Wednesday, August 29th at the TOP’s Building starting at 19:30 hours.

The Hazmat Team will meet on Wednesday, September 5th at the TOP’s Building beginning  at 19:30 hours.

Tappan Zee Bridge: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political, PR skills won over county execs

ALBANY — The telephone calls came with regularity from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his staff to the three Hudson Valley county executives who were leery of backing plans for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

The conversations over the past month were courteous and professional, but also serious and urgent, the local leaders said. The result was what Cuomo has become accustomed to during his 1 1/2 years in office: He got his desired outcome.

The county executives from Rockland, Westchester and Putnam voted Monday to move the project ahead and seek federal aid for it.

“His approach really expedited the process,” said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. “If he wasn’t such a communicator on this project, we would probably be nowhere near” this phase.

In Albany, Cuomo has used political skill to get a reluctant Legislature to back his agenda. He is using the same approach on one of the largest projects in the nation: building a new $5.2 billion bridge across the Hudson River between Westchester and Rockland counties.

“It’s like everything else we’ve been trying to do over the past 19 months,” Cuomo said in an interview Friday. “We said when we came in that New York state was suffering from a culture of governmental dysfunction, and we came in with an agenda that we were going to move aggressively.”

He has moved fast on the controversial bridge, a project that has languished for more than a decade. But unlike winning key votes at the Capitol, such as legalizing same-sex marriage last year, the new bridge will be years in the making and require patience for an administration keen on quick results.

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MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

MTA Payroll Tax Decision Ruling MTA Payroll Tax Unconstitutional

“The MTA payroll tax was created in May of 2009 as a mechanism for the MTA to dig itself out of a projected $1.8 billion budgetary shortfall, which created an unjust and inequitable burden on the taxpayers of Putnam County. In light of this unfair treatment, Putnam County took up the cause on behalf of its taxpayers, and joined in this important piece of litigation. I am elated that the Court has now ruled in favor of Putnam County and its Metropolitan neighbors. It sends a very real message to the MTA that the taxpayers of Putnam and the surrounding counties will not allow them to cure their financial on the backs of our citizens and small business owners. Hopefully, our small business owners who are so vital to the health of Putnam’s economy will quickly realize a benefit from the repeal of this tax.”