Cesar Chavez High School joined 24 other high schools across California in a scholarship competition for $2,000 — funds were from the De La Rosa & Company’s fourth annual Fabric of Society essay competition.
San Joaquin County Supervisor, Carlos Villapudua, has been appointed to the San Joaquin County Council of Governments.
By Mayra Barrios
Stockton, CA – Local growers and farmworkers participated in the “Spray Safe” program to prevent pesticide exposure incidents on February 8, 2012, at the Robert J. Cabral Ag Center.
Sacramento, CA- La Raza Galería Posada (LRGP), Sacramento’s only non-profit center for Latino/Chicano
and Native American arts and culture announced today that the organization
will move to Miller Regional Park after signing an agreement with the City of Sacramento. La Raza Galería Posada
is currently located in Midtown, Sacramento.
Miller Regional Park is located at the western tip of Broadway on Front Street adjacent to the Sacramento Marina.
The new site will allow significantly enhanced year-round programming, including educational art camps,
outdoor sculptures, movies under the stars and live concerts, as well as the ability to offer artist studios
and future gallery exhibitions. The move, set for spring 2012, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the organization.
“The partnership is a unique and nationally significant move for both La Raza Galería Posada and the City of Sacramento.”
Dave Mitchell, Operations Manager at Department of Parks and Recreation stated. “La Raza Galería Posada will partner
with us at the Miller Park Corp Yard Building, and will be bringing a much needed arts focus to our community to help
fill a gap that budget shortfalls in our Department is not currently able to provide. The vision of Miller Park
becoming an arts hub for Sacramento over time is the right direction for everyone.”
Marie Acosta, LRGP Executive Director said “We couldn’t be more pleased. A partnership with the City offers us
new programming opportunities and the potential to serve a broader community.”
“This move will help preserve the 40 year old legacy of Sacramento’s premier Chicano arts and cultural center”
stated Rudy Cuellar, a founding member of Sacramento’s Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), the famous artist collective.
As an artist, I am very happy with the move to Miller Park. It’s the right move at the right time.”
WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service today issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. Continue reading
CDC Report Shows Higher Rates of “Raw” Milk Outbreaks in States Where It’s Legal
The rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk (often called raw milk) and products made from it was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 13-year review also revealed that the states where the sale of raw milk was legal had more than twice the rate of outbreaks as states where it was illegal.
The study, published Feb. 21 in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, reviewed dairy product outbreaks from 1993 to 2006 in all 50 states. The authors compared the amount of milk produced in the United States during the study period (about 2.7 trillion pounds) to the amount that CDC estimates was likely consumed raw (1 percent or 27 billion pounds) to determine the 150 times higher rate for outbreaks caused by raw milk products. Raw milk products include cheese and yogurt.
The study included 121 dairy–related disease outbreaks, which caused 4,413 illnesses, 239 hospitalizations and three deaths. In 60 percent of the outbreaks (73 outbreaks) state health officials determined raw milk products were the cause. Nearly all of the hospitalizations (200 of 239) were in those sickened in the raw milk outbreaks. These dairy-related outbreaks occurred in 30 states, and 75 percent (55 outbreaks) of the raw milk outbreaks occurred in the 21 states where it was legal to sell raw milk products at the time. The study also reported that seven states changed their laws during the study period.
Consumers can’t tell if raw milk is safe to drink by looking at, smelling, or tasting it. Even under ideal conditions of cleanliness, collecting milk introduces some bacteria. Unless the milk is pasteurized, these bacteria can multiply and grow in the milk and cause illness. Pasteurization involves heating milk to kill disease-causing bacteria.
“This study shows an association between state laws and the number of outbreaks and illnesses from raw milk products,” said Robert Tauxe, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases (DFWED). “Restricting the sale of raw milk products is likely to reduce the number of outbreaks and can help keep people healthier. The states that allow sale of raw milk will probably continue to see outbreaks in the future.”
The study also found that the raw milk product outbreaks led to much more severe illnesses, and disproportionately affected people under age 20. In the raw milk outbreaks with known age breakdowns, 60 percent of patients were younger than age 20, compared to 23 percent in outbreaks from pasteurized products. Children are more likely than adults to get seriously ill from the bacteria in raw milk.
“While some people think that raw milk has more health benefits than pasteurized milk, this study shows that raw milk has great risks, especially for children, who experience more severe illnesses if they get sick,” said study co-author Barbara Mahon, M.D., M.P.H., deputy chief of CDC’s DFWED Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch. “Parents who have lived through the experience of watching their child fight for their life after drinking raw milk now say that it’s just not worth the risk.”
Among other key findings:
· Thirteen percent of patients in raw milk outbreaks were hospitalized compared to 1 percent in pasteurized milk outbreaks. This may be because raw milk outbreaks were all caused by bacteria, such as E. coli O157, which tend to produce more severe illnesses, according to the study.
· Pasteurized milk and cheese outbreaks were often caused by relatively mild infections like norovirus and Staphylococcus aureus.
To view the study, please visit www.cdc.gov/eid. For more information about raw milk, visit http://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/rawmilk/raw-milk-index.html.