Education, Health

Maryland State Department of Education launches Medicaid pilot project

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education is increasing access to free and reduced-price school meals for economically-disadvantaged students this school year through the United States Department of Agriculture Direct Certification Medicaid (DCM) pilot project. Maryland is one of seven states newly approved by the USDA to participate in the Medicaid matching pilot demonstration, which expands the Maryland Direct Certification …


Business, Health, Sci-Tech

Public Health Alert issued for some HelloFresh ground beef packets due to possible E. coli risk

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that ground beef products in HelloFresh meal kits may be contaminated with E. coli. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase. The meal kits containing ground beef for this public health alert were shipped …


Beef jerky products recalled due to possible Listeria risk

WASHINGTON—Magnolia Provision Company is recalling approximately 497 pounds of beef jerky products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat beef jerky items were produced on August 25, 2022. The following products are subject to recall (view labels – PDF): 2-oz. packages of “BEEF JERKY EXPERIENCE …

Health alert issued for Perdue frozen chicken tender products due to possible presence of plastic pieces, blue dye

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for Perdue’s frozen ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken breast tenders “gluten free” that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically small pieces of clear plastic and blue dye. A recall was not requested because the product is no longer available for purchase. The frozen RTE …

Attorney General Frosh calls for increased transparency in poultry industry

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week joined a bipartisan coalition of 10 attorneys general in fighting for increased transparency in the poultry industry. The coalition submitted a comment letter in support of the USDA’s proposed rule, Transparency in Poultry Grower Contracting and Tournaments, to increase transparency and reduce the information imbalance between farmers and processors in the …

Maryland Farmers’ Market Week gets under way

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has declared August 7-13 as Maryland Farmers’ Market Week to recognize the 97 farmers markets across the state that provide citizens with access to fresh, local produce and other Maryland-made items. Residents are encouraged to celebrate Maryland Farmers’ Market Week by visiting a nearby market and buying local products. A list of current locations throughout the …

‘Grab and Go’ summer meals from BCPS starting on July 20

TOWSON, MD—Beginning Wednesday, July 20, Baltimore County families will be able to pick up and take home their free Summer Food Service Program breakfast and lunch meals. The program runs through Friday, August 19, but will be closed on Tuesday, July 19. Until now, meals had to be consumed on site, but recent passed legislation now enables parents or guardians …

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, …