State Government Press Releases

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06/30/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) and the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) have issued a health advisory for Melville Pond because of blue-green algae blooms in that body of water. Rhode Islanders are urged to avoid recreational activities in that body of water, which is...
06/24/2015
PROVIDENCE Yesterday the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announced the 2015 recipients of the Rhode Island Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (RI HPLRP) during a State House ceremony that also honored the program's funders. The Program, offering health education loan...
06/16/2015
Today HEALTH released a new policy for reporting accidental drug-related overdose deaths. The revised policy reflects a change from the previous monthly reporting of "apparent" and "confirmed" deaths to weekly reporting of only the deaths that have been confirmed by the Office of State Medical...
05/22/2015
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) leads the state's effort to reduce infectious disease and support a healthier state. To alert Rhode Islanders of the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HEALTH released data today showing that the rates of HIV and several other STDs are...
05/12/2015
Rhode Island Efforts to Prevent Youth Access to Tobacco Products Subject of New Federal Study and Grant Award The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) announced today that it will receive approximately $468,000 of new federal funding to conduct an in-depth evaluation of policies and...
05/07/2015
Today nearly 400 community members and representatives from the fields of public health, healthcare, and academia gathered at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick to participate in the first Health Equity Summit of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). They were joined by Elizabeth Roberts,...
04/13/2015
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns consumers and caregivers not to use Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd.'s "Bo Ying compound" because of the possible lead poisoning risk associated with the product. This reminder comes after the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found...
04/09/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 9, 2015 – PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health has been notified that Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This measure is...
03/26/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 26, 2015 – PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Department of Health has been notified that Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism...
03/19/2015
The product in question was raw material received by Frontier, which tested positive for Salmonella during a test by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Given that Salmonella may be present, Frontier is immediately initiating this recall. Frontier Co-op is immediately initiating...