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Local Health Departments Support Better Access to Health and Safety Information about Recalled Products


Contact: Becky Wexler
Burness Communications

Local Health Departments Support Better Access to Health and Safety Information about Recalled Products

NACCHO Urges Measures to Prevent Illness and Injury

Washington, DC (December 13, 2010)—The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is pleased to join the National School Safety Coalition.  The coalition, led by Consumers Union, the independent organization with a mission to achieve a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers, today released the results of a national poll and launched a Web site to ensure that unsafe products are removed from the reaches of our children.

The Consumer Reports Product Recall Poll released today reveals that four out of five Americans do not pay attention to product recalls. This data demonstrates that there is much work to be done to inform and educate people about recalled products that can harm their children. The Coalition's new campaign and Web site, Click, Check and Protect, is a valuable resource for families, students and children interested in identifying recalled products.

"Local health departments have a long history of working closely with schools—to inspect food and ensure that it is handled safely—and this is another important opportunity to bring all the information together to help families and communities to prevent injury and illness, " said NACCHO Past-President Michael Caldwell, MD, MPH, Dutchess County (NY) Commissioner of Health and NACCHO's representative on the Coalition.

Caldwell has long been an advocate for increased consumer protections. Earlier this year, his health department was instrumental in solving a school-based E. coli outbreak that sickened Cailtin Holt, a young woman in his county. "Dutchess County Department of Health epidemiologists helped ensure that what happened to Caitlin doesn't happen to anyone else," said Caldwell.

By virtue of their charge to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives, local health departments also share the goal of the Coalition and its many partner organizations to help parents and schools keep children safe from preventable illness and injury due to recalled products.

About the National Association of County and City Health Officials
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) represents the nation's 2,800 local governmental health departments. These city, county, metropolitan, district, and tribal departments work every day to protect and promote health and well-being for all people in their communities.