Flowers Foods, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of hamburger and hot dog buns as well as other bakery products due to the potential presence of small pieces of hard plastic that may have been used in production. Consumption of these products may pose as a choking hazard. No injuries or illnesses have been reported yet.
The recall affects several grocery stores and private brands in South Carolina, including: Publix, Piggy Wiggly, Ingles, IGA, Walmart, Target, and more. Brands affected include: Flowers, Great Value, Market Pantry, Natural Grain, Nature’s Own, Wonder Bread and more.
Consumers should discard affected products or return to the place of purchase for a full refund. For the full list and UPC codes of the recalled products click HERE.
Please note that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is not involved with this recall as it not within our regulatory authority. This information is provided for informational purposes only.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reminding parents about school immunization requirements headed into the 2019-2020 school year for kids in grades K-12.
(Moms.com) Nothing is more important than a child’s health, but it can be tricky to know when to take them to the doctor. Some people take their children for routine check-ups on a regular basis, while others wait until their little ones come down with something.
According to the 2018 South Carolina Health Assessment, South Carolinians generate approximately 4.2 million tons of household trash and garbage annually. The South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act outlines the regulatory framework for insuring proper location, design, construction, operation and closure of solid waste facilities and requires maintenance of a state solid waste management plan. The act also sets waste reduction and recycling goals for the state.
Did you know that six in ten adults in the United States have a chronic disease and four in ten adults have two or more? Chronic diseases are defined as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical attention or limit activities, daily living or both. They include but are not limited to:
Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many chronic diseases are caused by a short list of risk behaviors:
Chronic Disease Day was created to raise awareness and increase adoption of self-care best practices to encourage prevention and reduce risk. Use today to kickstart a healthier lifestyle. Here are some tips for better self-care:
Reduce stress and anxiety.
Eat a balanced diet.
Get moving. Start slow and go at your own pace.
Schedule your routine checkups.
Drink plenty of water.
Build a positive support system.
Priority 2 of the South Carolina State Health Improvement Plan is detailed with ways community partners plan to promote healthy lifestyles and environments that prevent chronic conditions. A glance at our state’s current chronic disease statistics can be found in the 2018 South Carolina Health Assessment, where the assessment analyzes obesity, prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension, nutrition, physical activity, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, cancer and smoking from 2011 to 2016. South Carolina adults have higher rates than the national average in nearly every category of chronic disease.
Recently, a series of hepatitis A exposures in South Carolina have brought attention to the dangers of hepatitis A. As of May 13, 2019, DHEC declared a statewide hepatitis A outbreak. Many are now wondering what exactly is hepatitis A, how is the disease spread and if it is curable.
While chances of becoming infected are low, here are five fast facts about hepatitis A you should know:
Hepatitis A is a short-term viral infection causing inflammation of the liver. In 2016, there were an estimated 4,000 Hepatitis A cases in the United States. Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage.
Hepatitis A is preventable by receiving a vaccine. The vaccine consists of two shots administered six months apart. If exposed to the hepatitis A virus, a vaccine can be given up to two weeks after exposure in order to prevent infection. DHEC’s local health departments provide hepatitis A vaccines and are currently providing no-cost vaccinations to individuals in at-risk groups.
Symptoms may not appear until the infection has advanced. Symptoms start to develop two to six weeks after exposure, and include fever, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, and yellow skin (Jaundice).
Hepatitis A is spread from person-to-person contact with someone who has the infection or through eating or drinking food or water contaminated by an infected person. It is also contracted through sex or close contact with an infected person, such as a household member. Hepatitis A can be found in the blood and stool of a person infected with the virus and is “usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Food contamination can happen at any point, from growing and harvesting to transporting and cooking. Proper hand washing is vital to preventing the spread of the virus.
If you had hepatitis A once, you cannot get it again. Most people who contract hepatitis A usually recover without having long-lasting liver damage. Once you recover, you develop antibodies that protect you from the virus for life.