What's New Archive

December 2007

Important Announcement

This is to make you aware of an announcement posted on Friday, December 21, 2007 on the FDA-CFSAN web page in regards to a voluntary recall by the New Era Canning Company of canned green bean product because of possible health risk.

The product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. No illnesses have been reported as of December 21, 2007 in connection with this problem.

The firm's press release may be viewed CFSAN web page at: www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/newera12_07.html

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

It is highly recommended that you frequently monitor the CFSAN web page at www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html for updates in information or status of the recall. Alternatively, you can sign up for recall email updates at this same page.

This is a free subscription service and you will receive an email message each time there is an update on the FDA page(s) you select.

Customers with questions may contact New Era Canning at 1-800-282-9007, Ext. 111.

Proposed Hospital Licensing Rules

In order to implement 2 legislative mandates, the Division has proposed rules amending Chapter X [Nursing Services] and XII [Medical Records] of the current hospital licensing rules.

As many of you know, the Division is working with stakeholders to align hospital licensing rules with DHHS Administrative Procedures Oversight goals. In addition, by July 2008, pursuant to Public Law 2007, Chapter 314, Maine’s current state licensing rules for hospitals will be further amended.