Education, Family, Health

BCPS summer breakfast, lunch program to begin on June 21

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools will offer free breakfast and lunch meals through the Summer Food Service Program from Tuesday, June 21, through Friday, August 19. Meals will be served Monday through Friday, but meal sites will be closed on Monday, July 4, and Tuesday, July 19. All meals must be consumed on site. During the Summer Food Service Program, …


Business, Entertainment, Family, Politics

Governor Hogan kicks off 2022 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail, Glen Arm creamery featured

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan was joined by Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) Secretary Joe Bartenfelder this week to kick off Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail at South Mountain Creamery in Frederick. The Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail’s 2022 season will run through September 30. Now in its tenth year, the trail is designed to promote the state’s dairy industry, and …


Smithfield recalls ready-to-eat bacon topping products due to possible presence of metal pieces

WASHINGTON—Smithfield Packaged Meats is recalling approximately 185,610 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon topping products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. FSIS expects there to be additional products containing the bacon and urges consumers to check back frequently to view updated lists and labels. The RTE …

Health alert issued for organic ground beef packages sold at Whole Foods that may contain pieces of plastic

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for raw ground beef products due to concerns that the ground beef may contain hard plastic. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase. The ground beef products were produced on April 20, 2022. The following products are …

Olszewski announces historic funding for summer SNAP program

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced record funding for Summer SNAP for Children, a program helping low-income families put food on the table for school-age children during the summer months when they don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch. As a result of nearly $2.8 million in contributions from the State and County, the program will …

Lakeside Refrigerated Services recalls ground beef products due to possible E. coli contamination

WASHINGTON—Lakeside Refrigerated Services, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced this week. The ground beef products were produced from February 1, 2022, through April 8, 2022. The complete list of products and product codes for …

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza confirmed in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Federal laboratory testing has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) on a Maryland poultry farm. Following an investigation by the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed a Cecil County sample tested positive for HPAI. The Maryland case comes one week after a HPAI positive …

Health alert issued for meat products containing recalled FDA-regulated seasoning mix

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for various ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products containing a Food and Drug Administration regulated seasoning mix that has been recalled by the producer, PS Seasoning of Iron Ridge, Wis., due to concerns that the seasoning mix may contain undeclared wheat. FSIS is issuing this …