Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
Concord, NH – As we enter the busy holiday season, the Department of Health
and Human Services’ (DHHS) Food Protection Section is promoting important
food safety practices by encouraging residents to follow some simple tips
to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and
“Don’t let germs ruin your holiday activities by not taking proper
precautions against foodborne disease,” said Marcella Bobinsky, Acting
Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. “There are
simple tips for safe food preparation that we should all be following every
day, not just at holidays. Sometimes at large family gatherings our
attention may not be focused as closely on safe food handling and this can
present an opportunity for bacteria to be introduced.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there
are 31 pathogens known to cause foodborne illness. Every year there are an
estimated 48 million cases of illness, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000
deaths in the United States due to foodborne diseases. Symptoms can vary
depending on the illness, but some common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal
cramps, and nausea. It is difficult to say with certainty which microbe is
causing a given illness without laboratory testing.
The following simple precautions should always be followed by cooks and
food service workers to reduce the possibility of anyone becoming sick:
Separate: Use a separate cutting board for cooked foods and raw foods
and always wash them after use. Do not cut raw vegetables on the same
cutting board as raw meat. Avoid cross contamination. Wash any
utensil after preparing one food item before going on to the next
Clean: Always wash hands before touching any food. Wash hands and
surfaces often during food preparation and afterward.
Cook: Make sure all meats are thoroughly cooked by using a meat
thermometer: turkey, stuffing, and casseroles to 165ºF; veal, beef,
and lamb roasts to 145ºF; and ham, pork, ground beef, and egg dishes
to 160ºF. When reheating, leftovers should be thoroughly heated to
Chill: Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours. The
refrigerator should be maintained at 40ºF or lower and the freezer
should be at 0ºF or lower. Keep hot foods hot, 140ºF or hotter, and
cold foods cold, 40ºF or below. Never defrost food at room
temperature. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in a cold-water bath, or
in the microwave. When using a microwave, meat must be cooked
immediately after. Marinate foods in the refrigerator.
Report: Report suspected foodborne illnesses to the NH Department of
Health and Human Services by calling 603-271-4496. Often calls from
concerned citizens are how outbreaks are first detected. If a public
health official calls you to talk about an outbreak your cooperation
is important, even if you are not ill.
For more information, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov , www.usda.gov, www.cdc.gov , or
http://www.fightbac.org/. To report a foodborne outbreak, call the DHHS
Division of Public Health Services at 603-271-4496.
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Food Safety Tips for the Holiday Season
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) will host a town hall event on Monday at the Milton Town Hall, he announced today.“At Milton on Monday, seniors will learn about my efforts in Congress to obtain a Social Security cost of living increase for them,”he said. “We’ll also talk about the subject on everyone’s mind, recent terrorist attacks and the refugee crisis.”
The Congressman voted for the SAFE Act yesterday to halt the country’s refugee program, until proper security measures are in place. The Milton town hall will be Rep. Guinta’s 13th this year. It will be open to the media and take place at the following location:
A Seniors’ Town Hall with Rep. Frank Guinta
Monday, November 23rd, 2015
3:00PM – 4:00 PM
Milton Town Hall
424 White Mountain Highway
Milton, NH 03851
GRANITE STATERS AIR CONCERNS ABOUT OVER-REGULATION OF STRUGGLING LOCAL LENDERS
MANCHESTER, NH – Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) convened a meeting today for New Hampshire credit unions with the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), the federal regulator that oversees their shrinking business, due, they say, to the independent agency’s increasing authority outside Congressional control.
NCUA Chairwoman Debbie Matz traveled to New Hampshire for the event.“It was an opportunity for community lenders to voice their concern about an overreaching Washington agency, hurting small Granite State banks and economies,” said Rep. Guinta.“We pressed Chairwoman Matz to stay true to her agency’s promised Year of Regulatory Relief. So far, results have been meager."
Non-profit credit unions provide financial credit to geographic areas or similar industries. 2010’s Dodd-Frank law allows the NCUA to regulate them like big banks with more resources. As a result, credit unions have shrunk in number, consolidating to cope with government demands, leaving small and rural communities, in particular, with fewer options.
“Credit is still hard to come by for Granite Staters seeking home, business and car loans. It’s a constant refrain I hear from my constituents and also nationally,” said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.
“Dodd-Frank and the Administration’s execution has helped Wall Street to the detriment of Main Street, where many middle-class Americans have not recovered from the economic downturn. Ten percent higher compliance costs at community financial institutions are undercutting their ability to offer low rates and personal service.”
Rep. Guinta said the NCUA is part of a trend of concentrating power in Washington, D.C.“Like other independent agencies, the NCUA receives funding through industry fees, rather than through an open Congressional appropriations process. The danger is bureaucrats there might believe they are above reproach.”
He elaborated that, under its current leader, the agency has never held a budget hearing or published an advance copy of its budget, which has grown at a double-digit rate.
Credit unions in Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Rochester attended today’s event, which the New Hampshire Credit Union League helped to organize. “New Hampshire is home to the nation’s first credit union,” said Rep. Guinta, Manchester’s former mayor. “We’re making sure our tradition of local banks with local understanding continues.”
MANCHESTER, NH. -- Congressman Frank Guinta (NH01) issued the following statement today, Veterans Day:
“We're lucky in New Hampshire, home to so many United States military veterans, our friends and family, men and women who have spent their lives defending our country. I met many yesterday at the New Hampshire Veterans Home and reflected on their service today at our state's veterans cemetery. Veterans Day is a special day to thank them, as my family and I always do, and to remember our promise to help them, as they have helped us at home and abroad. In Congress, I'm fighting to ensure they receive quality health care and access to good-paying jobs. Their concerns and ideas are the foundation of my work in Washington, making government more accountable and effective.”
Rep. Guinta, the former mayor of Manchester, is a member of the House Financial Services Committee. Last week, he introduced theVeterans Health and Accountability Act to provide greater private health care options to U.S. military veterans, whose advice, he says, was crucial to shaping the bill. He has introduced more legislation to solve inadequacies at the Veterans Administration, and earlier this year, cosponsored a bill to help low-income vets find affordable housing.
Rep. Guinta with residents at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, NH, yesterday
NHHPP Transition to Private Insurance Marketplace Gives New Hampshire
Residents More Health Care Choices
Open Enrollment in Premium Assistance Program Is Now Open
Concord, NH – Most participants in the NH Health Protection Program (NHHPP)
are now able to begin enrolling in the Premium Assistance Program (PAP),
which will transition health insurance to the private NH Marketplace. The
PAP expands coverage options available to participants, who will see
greater choice and flexibility in finding a health plan that works best for
themselves and their families. Coverage through the PAP will begin on
January 1, 2016.
“The PAP is the next phase of the State’s health care program that has
expanded insurance coverage to tens of thousands of New Hampshire
residents,” said NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Commissioner Nick Toumpas. “The private marketplace will increase
competition among health plans, which will lead to more affordable choices
for participants and lower costs to the State. PAP enrollees will be able
to choose a health plan that works with the medical professionals they
currently see and offer the medications they currently use.”
The PAP provides insurance coverage through commercial health plans, known
as Qualified Health Plans (QHP). Five insurance carriers are offering QHPs
to PAP participants: Ambetter from New Hampshire Healthy Families, Anthem,
Community Health Options, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Minuteman
Health. Individuals currently enrolled with New Hampshire Healthy Families
will be automatically enrolled in their commercial health plan AMBETTER,
but will have the option to choose another plan. Individuals enrolled with
Well Sense Health Plan will be asked to pick a QHP.
New Hampshire residents between the ages of 19 and 65 who meet certain
household income levels are eligible. Eligible residents have received
letters from DHHS that describe the program and the process for selecting a
QHP. Enrollees may shop for qualified health plans on NHEASY.nh.gov or by
setting an appointment at a local ServiceLink. Enrollees can also call the
DHHS Medicaid Service Center at 1-888-901-4999 for more information about
choosing a plan.
NHHPP participants who require Medicaid services not covered by the PAP or
those who receive health insurance through their employer and are enrolled
in the Health Insurance Premium Program will not participate in the PAP.
Medicaid members who are not part of the New Hampshire Health Protection
Program will not be affected by the transition to the PAP and will continue
to receive medical care through Medicaid Care Management. Well Sense and
New Hampshire Healthy Families, the two Medicaid Managed Care Organization
(MCO) health plans for New Hampshire, will continue to offer insurance
coverage to the non-NHHPP Medicaid participants.
For more information, visit the Premium Assistance Program webpage at