The managers of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream have had to delay the opening of their store in Hillsboro Village after safety tests turned up more evidence of listeria bacteria. There's no timeline on whether production in Ohio will resume. Read more here.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream will temporarily close its Nashville stores after listeria bacteria was found in an ice cream product randomly collected by the Nebraska Department of Health.
According to the Nashville Scene, the Columbus, Ohio-based company is not aware of any illnesses stemming from the products but launched a recall of all its ice cream voluntarily.
The news follows Blue Bell's total recall of its ice cream products after listeria-caused illnesses in Kansas and Texas.
Jeni's shops in East Nashville, 12South and the Nashville's Farmers Market, as well as locations in six other cities, will be closed until further notice.
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Massachusetts has granted preliminary approval for a settlement of up to $155 million for victims in the meningitis outbreak of 2012.
The approval is the first step for individuals who filed proofs of claim in the bankruptcy case, which New England Compounding Center filed after facing lawsuits stemming from more than 700 cases and 64 deaths linked to its tainted steroids. Sixteen Tennesseans died in the outbreak.
According to court documents, NECC, its insurer and five other businesses agreed to national settlements totaling up to $155 million to be distributed among claimants in the case. Four providers have also settled in the case, and patients who received contaminated drugs at those facilities will be eligible for a portion of that fund as well.
Notably, Saint Thomas Health has not settled in the case. Saint Thomas Outpatient Neurosurgery Center has faced lawsuits against it for distributing the contaminated drugs, and also filed a $1.17 billion claim against NECC in January 2014. Claims filed against Saint Thomas, and other providers that have not settled, are not impacted by the national settlement.
A confirmation hearing for the settlement is set for May 19.
The Council on Education for Public Health has extended its full accreditation for the Master of Science in Public Health program at Meharry Medical College until the end of 2021. The Meharry program was first granted accreditation for five years in 2009. Its seven-year extension is the maximum period allowed.
“Producing top-notch public health professionals is at the helm of Meharry’s mission,” said Cherrie Epps, Meharry’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to gain the approval of CEPH to continue educating, training and equipping students to meet the public health challenges in underserved communities.”
A new compendium of public health indicators has Nashville ranked 240th out of 306 regional markets when it comes to the performance of the health care system. The Nashville region, which the Commonwealth Fund defines very broadly to reach north into Kentucky and east to Cookeville, scores well in terms of access but is in the third or fourth quartiles on 28 of 35 indicators. Check out the full Nashville report here and the state report — where Tennessee ranks 40th — here.
HT: The Atlantic
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