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Foster Farms recalls frozen chicken breast strips due to possible Listeria contamination

Health and WellnessFoster Farms has issued a recall for frozen, pre-cooked Chicken Breast Grilled Strips because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, those who do contract it could experience high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.


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Original Soupman Lobster Bisque Recalled for Undeclared Allergens

Health and WellnessThe Original Soupman Company has issued a recall for specific lots of its Lobster Bisque because some cartons do not declare the presence of shrimp, perch, or tilapia and known allergens, in the ingredients statement. People who have an allergy or have a severe sensitivity to crustacean shellfish or other seafood run the risk of a serious or life-threatening threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Alaska Health Care Commission sponsors ‘a conversation with health policy elders’ for historical perspective

Health and WellnessANCHORAGE — The Alaska Health Care Commission — the state planning and coordinating group that provides recommendations on health policy — has invited former health leaders for a conversation about the history of health care in Alaska. The event takes place Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Dena’ina Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave., in Anchorage. The public is invited to attend and listen, but public testimony will not be taken.

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Theater Box M&M’s Recalled for Undeclared Peanut Allergen

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, AK) – Mars Chocolate North America has issued a recall for its M&M’s Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box products because the boxes’ outer ingredient label does not list peanuts, a known allergen, and the boxes may contain packages of peanut butter products. People who have an allergy or have a severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Affected product comes in a 3-inch by 6.5-inch cardboard box that may be identified by the lot code stamped in a white area below the Best Before date on the right-hand side panel. The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information for M&M’s Brand Peanut Butter products.

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Low Cost Health Screenings

Health and WellnessThere will be a Health Fair at the Mid-Valley Seniors Center in Houston on Saturday, 13 September 2014 from 9 a.m. til Noon. Includes low cost blood work. No appointment needed. Call 892-6114 for more info.
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Alaska Health Insurance Rates to Increase Substantially Due to Obamacare

Health and WellnessSeptember 4, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Division of Insurance today announced that rates for health insurance plans covering nearly 16,000 Alaskans will increase substantially in 2015 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

A thorough and lengthy review by the Division of Insurance shows that as a direct result of the ACA, insurers offering health plans in the individual market require historic rate increases, as high as 37 percent in 2015. Despite these increases, extensive cost and loss data show that these insurers will still incur millions of dollars in losses.

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Chicken Caesar Salad Kits Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, AK) - APPA Fine Foods has issued a recall for fully-cooked chicken Caesar salad kits because the chicken may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, those who do contract it could experience high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Symptoms do not immediately develop after eating contaminated food but can develop within two months after consumption. A person experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. For more information about Listeria monocytogenes, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/resources.html.

The recalled product, packaged in individual consumer-sized plastic containers, may be identified by the label, “Sam’s Club Daily Chef Chicken Caesar Salad.” The kits were produced on July 4, July 11, July 14, July 18, July 21, July 25, August 1, and August 8, 2014. The retailer has removed affected prepared salads from its shelves and has destroyed remaining affected kits.
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Multiple Brands of Peanut Butters and Nut Butters Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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(JUNEAU, AK) - nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and specific private label nut butters because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain beginning 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. People exhibiting any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.

The affected product may be identified by the use-by/best-by date located on the top of the jar lid.
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Campaign to Lower Smoking Among Teens is Working, But Still More to Do

Health and WellnessAccording to the Department of Health and Social Services , 37 percent of Alaska teens smoked cigarettes in 1995. In 2011, that number had decreased to 14 percent. The national statistics show a similar decrease—9 percent of teens today smoke versus 23 percent in 2000. The trend is moving in the right direction, but there are still approximately 3,200 teens per day in the U.S. who smoke a cigarette for the first time. The American Legacy Foundation, established by money from the Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement, seeks to get the numbers down to zero.
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McCormick Ground Oregano Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

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(JUNEAU, AK) - McCormick & Company, Inc. has issued a recall for McCormick Ground Oregano because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain beginning 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis. People exhibiting any of these symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.
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Telemedicine Bill Becomes Law

Health and WellnessAugust 18, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today allowed a bill relating to telemedicine to become law without his signature, and vetoed legislation relating to the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge.

HB 281

House Bill 281 prohibits the Alaska State Medical Board from sanctioning physicians in Alaska who prescribe certain drugs via telemedicine without requiring Alaskans to obtain an in-person physical examination. Supporters of the legislation contend it will provide additional access to health care, lower cost health care, and more individual choice to make health care decisions while maintaining a high standard of care. The Alaska State Medical Board expressed concern that the standard of care would be diminished without requiring either a prior physician-patient relationship or the presence of a licensed health care provider with the patient at the time of the consultation.
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Applegate Chicken Nuggets Recalled for Plastic Fragments

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, AK) – Perdue has issued a recall for 8 oz. boxes of Applegate naturals fully cooked frozen chicken nuggets that may contain fragments of plastic.

The recalled boxes may be identified by the mark of inspection information including the number “Est. P2617” and the following production and best before date:

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Cavanaugh Smoked Sausage Recalled for Undeclared Soy Allergen

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, AK) – Zemco Industries Inc. has issued a recall for 2.5-pound packages of Cavanaugh Smoked Sausage because the labels do not state that the product contains soy, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or have a severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled product may be identified by the establishment number “Est. 5222” located inside the mark of inspection and the following production and use by dates:


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Attorney General Michael Geraghty encourages parents to talk to their kids about underage drinking

Health and WellnessAttorney General Michael Geraghty made the following statement regarding underage drinking:

“Alcoholism is a scourge in our state, and with the new school year fast-approaching, we are reminded that it is never too early to talk with our kids about alcohol. According to the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, the amount of alcohol dependence and abuse in Alaska is twice the national average. Almost 40 percent of high-school aged youth had at least one drink of alcohol in the last 30 days, and 26 percent had a binge-drinking episode. Although this is an improvement from two decades ago, we still have a ways to go to prevent our youth from falling into the cycle of alcohol abuse.
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Stone Fruit recall expanded due to possible Listeria contamination

Health and Wellness(JUNEAU, AK) - Wawona Packing Co. has expanded its July 19, 2014 recall for fresh, whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, those that do contract it could experience high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. People experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.


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