Monday, August 3, 2020

FDA MedWatch: Hand Sanitizers:

The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination.

The agency is aware of people ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due
to its toxic effects. FDA maintains a list of FDA-tested and recalled hand sanitizers on the agency’s website, which will be continually updated as dangerous products are discovered. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing.

Do not use any products on this list of hand sanitizers with potential methanol contamination, and continue checking this list often as it is being updated daily. This list outlines the information on hand sanitizer labels for consumers to use to identify a product that has been tested by FDA and found to contain methanol. FDA advises consumers not to use hand sanitizers from these companies, or products with these names or NDC numbers.

The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.

The FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
After going to the bathroom
Before eating
After coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose
If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.

Health professionals and consumers are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report online.
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

ECCC PBL Students Receive National Honors During Virtual Awards Competition

Eighteen East Central Community College Phi Beta Lambda students were honored recently when the group held its national awards night Friday, July 24, on the Decatur campus.

Award recipients and their respective categories include Beth Fortner of Port Gibson and Caleb McGrew of Meridian, first place, Business Law; Luke Wall of Decatur and McGrew, first place, Business Sustainability; Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia and Janna Ford of Carthage, first place, Community Service; Hannah Stokes and Carly Greenwood, both of Philadelphia, first place, Integrated Marketing Campaign; Tucker Cain of Carthage, Ford, Brian Pace of Collinsville, and Carly Greenwood and Hannah Stokes, both of Philadelphia, first place, Parliamentary Procedure; Toni Hilliard of Wesson, Nathan Lampley of Louisville, and Genesis Lyons of Decatur, first place, Strategic Analysis and Decision Making; Justice Battle of Lake and Daniel Triplett of Nanih Waiya, second place, Computer Animation; Camilla Addy of Decatur and Jerry Davidson of Philadelphia, second place, Social Media Marketing; Davidson and Cezar Arroyes-Torres of Morton, third place, Financial Services; Wall, fourth place, public speaking; Arroyes-Torres, sixth place, Local Chapter Annual Business Report; and Jamie Pogue of Forest, seventh place, Administrative Technology.

Christy Ferguson, Thomas Fortenberry, Judy Hurtt, Lisa Lampton and Bobby Hebert serve as advisors.

ECCC Phi Beta Lambda students receiving national awards included (top row, from left) Beth Fortner of Port Gibson, Caleb McGrew of Meridian, Lillie Chapman of Philadelphia, and Luke Wall of Decatur; (second row, from left) Brian Pace of Collinsville, Hannah Stokes of Philadelphia, Tucker Cain of Carthage, and Carly Greenwood of Philadelphia; (third row, from left) Genesis Lyons of Decatur, Nathan Lampley of Louisville, Toni Hilliard of Wesson, and Justice Battle of Lake; and (bottom row, from left) Jerry Davidson of Philadelphia, Camilla Addy of Decatur, Cezar Arroyes-Torres of Morton, and Jamie Pogue of Forest. Award winners not pictured are Janna Ford of Carthage and Daniel Triplett of Nanih Waiya.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hostess Brands, LLC Issues Voluntary Recall of Certain Hostess® Raspberry Zingers® Due to the Potential for Mold

Hostess Brands, LLC (“Hostess Brands”) is voluntarily recalling certain Hostess® Raspberry Zingers® because the product may develop mold prior to the best by date.

This recall applies to the following Raspberry Zinger® products:
ProductItem UPCBatchBest By Date
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Multi-Pack fresh)888109110604H06122400008/26/2020
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Multi-Pack frozen)888109110604H061524000 
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Single-Serve fresh)888109010089H06122400008/26/2020
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Single-Serve frozen)888109010089H061424000 
Hostess Raspberry Zingers (Single-Serve grocery 3 count)888109010089H0612240008/26/2020
The products were sold to mass merchandisers, grocery stores, distributors, dollar and discount stores, and convenience stores throughout the United States.

Consumers who have purchased the affected product are urged to discontinue consumption and contact the place of purchase about returning them for a full refund.

This recall does not affect any other Hostess Brands products.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Just In - Louisville Municipal School District Delays School Start Until At Least August 20th

The following statement has just been released by the Louisville Municipal School District:

Although the return to school safety plan was approved, the actual start date of school remains a matter of consideration. Due to the rising number of COVID cases and continued preparation for a safe return to school, the LMSD will delay the start date of school to August 20, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates through social media.

Winston County Added To Mandatory Mask List

Governor Tate Reeves added six more counties to the list of counties where the mandatory use of masks in public is required. Expressing concerns over the capabilities of health care to provide ICU services due to the number of COVID-19 across the state. this brings the total number of counties with mandates to 29. the six newest counties added to the list include Calhoun, Lamar, Holmes, Montgomery, Winston and Yalobusha. These counties have infection rates equivalent to 500 per 100,000 population.

Reeves also announced additional restrictions statewide - limiting social gatherings to 10 individuals inside and 20 individuals outdoors, prohibiting alcohol sales after 11:00 pm in restaurants and bars and requiring that customers be seated before alcohol is served. Reeves noted that the largest outbreak across the state is in the 20-29 age group.

The following excerpt is from the Governor's website and details the mandate for Winston and the additional 28 counties included:

For all businesses:
  • All businesses are expected to take every step necessary to implement the regulations, orders, and guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing and encouraging sick employees to stay home.
  • All employees will be screened daily at the beginning of their shifts, including asking whether they have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days and have they had a fever in the last 48 hours.
  • Based on their duties and responsibilities, employees who are unable to maintain at least 6 feet distance from others must wear a face covering throughout their shift, such as a face mask. Their face coverings must be cleaned or replaced daily.
  • Hand sanitizer must be provided to all employees, which can include a hand rub or soap.
For retail businesses (in addition to measures above):
  • Face coverings must be provided to all employees who come in direct contact with customers. Employees are required to wear that face covering throughout their shift and clean or replace daily.
  • All customers must wear a face covering while inside the retail business.
  • Hand sanitizer must be placed at all entrances, in or near bathrooms, and at cashier stations.
  • Retail businesses are expected to make all efforts to maintain a 6-foot distance between customers at all times.
  • Carts, baskets, and other similar surfaces touched by customers must be sanitized after each use. Other high-touch areas must be sanitized at least once every two hours.

For people out in public:
  • Everyone must wear face coverings when at public gatherings or in a shopping environment.
  • People must maintain a 6-foot distance between themselves and others.
  • Further limits on social gatherings: down to no more than 10 indoors and 20 outdoors.

Former Mississippi State Standout Joins ECCC Softball Coaching Staff

Kat Moore, a First-Team All Southeastern Conference outfielder for the Mississippi State University Bulldogs during the 2019 season, is the newest member of the East Central Community College softball coaching staff.

ECCC’s head softball coach Leigh White completed her staff for the 2021 season with the hiring of Moore. Former Lady Warrior and National Junior College Athletic Association Division II First Team All-American Mahalia Gibson joined the staff earlier this month.

“We are extremely excited to have a player of Kat Moore’s ability join our coaching staff at East Central Community College,” said White. “She was an outstanding player at Mississippi State, and she will also be an outstanding softball coach. Kat and Mahalia will help our players to be the best they can be on the softball field, as well as prepare them for productive lives.”

Moore started 55 games for Mississippi State in her senior season in 2019, hitting .343, with seven doubles and career highs of four triples and 13 home runs. The 13 homers in a season puts Moore tied for eighth all time for the Bulldogs. In addition to her All-SEC Team accolades, Moore was named to the NCAA Seattle Regional All-Regional Team during postseason play.

She started 56 contests her junior season in 2018 and hit .334, which was second best on the team. Moore appeared in 49 games in 2017, with 48 starts and hit .304. She played in 32 contests with 13 starts as a freshman in 2016.

Moore’s career batting average of .324 ties for 10th all-time for the Bulldogs.

A native of Holly Springs, Moore prepped at Marshall Academy where she was All-Conference four seasons and All-State three seasons. She hit .560 as a senior.

She received her bachelor’s degree in criminology from Mississippi State in 2019.