Press Releases

 

Friday
Jun192009

State Health Officials Warn NH Residents Not to Eat Raw Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough Due to Possible E. coli 

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is urging New Hampshire residents not to eat raw Nestle Toll House cookie dough because of possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. Nestle has voluntarily recalled all varieties of prepackaged Toll House cookie dough. New Hampshire has identified two cases related to this recall, one person who was sick in March and one in late May, related to this cluster of illness. Both have recovered.

 

New Hampshire health officials are continuing to investigate in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Preliminary results from the multi-state investigation suggest that the Nestle Toll House cookie dough may be the source of the outbreak, but further investigation is ongoing.

 

“E. coli is a bacteria that produces a toxin that is potentially deadly to people,” said Dr. Jose Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS, “especially young children and seniors. Though it has not been confirmed yet that this product is the cause of this outbreak, if you have eaten any of this product raw, you should be on alert for possible symptoms of E.coli. Typically, cooking the product as directed will kill the bacteria, however, consumers should discard the recalled cookie dough since the bacteria can get on their hands and on other cooking surfaces.”

 

Symptoms of E. coli illness include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Most people recover within 10 days but a small percentage of people become extremely ill, with symptoms including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is characterized by the destruction of red blood cells and kidney failure. Most people recover from HUS but it can be fatal. People who have this product in their homes should discard it. Consumers are reminded that they should not eat raw food products that are intended for cooking or baking before consumption.

 

Also, people are being advised to use safe food-handling practices when preparing such products, including following package directions for cooking at proper temperatures; washing hands, surfaces, and utensils after contact with these types of products; avoiding cross contamination; and refrigerating products properly. For more information about this recall and E. coli visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov and the FDA website at www.fda.gov.

Friday
Jun192009

President Obama Launches National Conversation On Importance of Fatherhood and Personal Responsibility 

President stresses responsible fathers are vital to healthy families and strong communities

 

WASHINGTON – Today, President Obama kicked off a national conversation on fatherhood and personal responsibility with events across the Washington area and activities at the White House. Well-known fathers and everyday dads from across the country joined the President to discuss what fathers are doing to strengthen themselves, their families and their communities.

 

This conversation on fatherhood and personal responsibility comes during the 100th anniversary of the day dedicated to dads, and President Obama is using the occasion to stress the importance of fathers in supporting families and sustaining communities throughout the nation.

 

On this day, President Obama and a group of very special fathers and mentors visited non-profit organizations throughout the Washington DC area dedicated to mentoring and supporting young men. The group then returned to The White House for a town hall meeting on fatherhood featuring five outstanding fathers and their incredible life stories. The afternoon culminated with a mentoring session with the visiting fathers and more than 120 young people from the DC area.

 

As someone who grew up in a home without his father, President Obama has served as a strong voice on the issue of fatherhood and personal responsibility. The issue of absent fathers is one that continues to challenge the country. This occasion highlights fathers from all walks of life who have faced challenges and overcome obstacles large and small to do what is right for their families.

 

“We all know the difference that responsible, committed fathers like these guys can make in the life of a child. Fathers are our first teachers and coaches. They’re our mentors and role models. They set examples of success and push us to succeed ourselves – encouraging us when we’re struggling; loving us even when we disappoint them; standing by us when no one else will,” President Obama said during the town hall meeting.

 

“And when fathers are absent – when they abandon their responsibility to their kids – we know the damage that does to our families. Children who grow up without a father are more likely to drop out of school and wind up in prison. They’re more likely to have substance abuse problems, run away from home, and become teenage parents themselves.”

 

President Obama also issued a Father’s Day proclamation honoring the work of strong, committed fathers and also taped a public service announcement for the Ad Council.

 

The White House is preparing to continue these conversations with a series of regional town hall forums throughout the summer and fall on the importance of fatherhood in communities across the nation. The goal of this effort is to find and emphasize what works: what dads, organizations and communities across the country are doing to address these challenges, and how we can work together to strengthen their efforts.

 

Friday
Jun192009

American Cancer Society reaction to state budget 

American Cancer Society Decries State Budget
Proposal cuts cancer screenings for most vulnerable citizens



(Bedford, NH) Today, the committee of conference agreed to a state budget that eliminates crucial services to help families dealing with cancer.

“This budget clearly states that cancer patients and their families are not a priority for New Hampshire,” stated Peter Ames, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy for the American Cancer Society. “It is our hope that the full legislature will stand with those citizens battling cancer and vote down this budget.”

The budget eliminates the New Hampshire Cancer Plan, which provides lifesaving screenings to low-income New Hampshire citizens. It also prevents and treats tobacco addiction, which kills 1,700 people in NH each year. The Cancer Plan could be fully funded by dedicating only $.05 of the cigarette tax to it. The American Cancer Society advocates for increasing the cigarette tax by $1.00, both to fund the Cancer Plan and to deter another generation from becoming addicted to tobacco.

“It is shameful that in these difficult economic times the state has decided to balance the budget by letting citizens fend for themselves in their fight against cancer. The New Hampshire way is to stand with each other during times of hardship, not leave people without options,” stated Cheryl Cutting of Concord, who survived breast cancer because a screening caught it early. “Your access to care should not be dependent on the size of your wallet.”

Additionally, the budget contains a cigarette tax increase of $.45 per pack, which is too low to assure a public health benefit, according to research. The American Cancer Society advocates for cigarette tax increases that will provide a deterrent to children, but due to marketing strategies of the tobacco industry, we cannot say this increase will be sufficient to curb youth smoking.

New Hampshire will receive over $500 million from tobacco-related revenues in the proposed budget. Over that same time, the state will spend nothing on tobacco prevention or services to help smokers quit. Meanwhile, the American Cancer Society estimates that over 15,000 New Hampshire citizens will be diagnosed with cancer, and over 5,000 will die from the disease during the next biennium.


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Friday
Jun192009

DNC Statement on Juneteenth 

Washington, DC—DNC Chairman Tim Kaine and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins issued the following statement commemorating Juneteenth:

 

“On this day in 1865, emancipation finally made it west, freeing the last slaves in Texas. So today, we commemorate the end of slavery in America and honor all those throughout our history who have fought for freedom, equality and justice by celebrating Juneteenth.

 

“As we take time to honor this occasion, we also stop to consider the remarkable path African Americans have forged, from slavery to the White House. With the first African American President of the United States, we usher in an era of endless opportunity. A new generation of Americans will be raised with no limits to their dreams – something their predecessors, who fought for equality as slaves in the fields of Texas and Freedom Riders in the streets of Alabama, may have never been able to imagine.

 

“But while we have come a long way, we still have further to go. We at the DNC join President Obama and the African American community in the fight to ensure equality in education, employment, and health care for all Americans.”

 

Friday
Jun192009

Presidential Proclamation - Father's Day 

Attached is a proclamation signed by the President on June 18th regarding Father’s Day.