Environmental Services

Mission Statement
The departmental mission is to provide outstanding services in environmental health and in order to promote wellness and prevent disease in our community. This will be accomplished through the intellectual use of human resources, technology, education and common sense.

Important Notice
The City of DeSoto Health Department only offers environmental health-related services. For medical and immunization services, contact your family physician or the Dallas County Health Department.

Below are helpful phone numbers and websites:

Dallas County Health Department Services, Region 2/3
Ph: 214.819.2000

Texas Department of State Health 
Ph: 817.264.4500
 
 
Tip of the Month

USDA

January 29, 2016
Dear Colleagues,
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis linked to packaged salad mixes produced by Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., in its Springfield, Ohio, facility.
 
Listeriosis is a rare, but serious illness usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. Anyone who experiences fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, or develops fever and chills while pregnant after eating any of the products listed below should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the potentially contaminated leafy greens. Symptoms can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after eating the contaminated food.
 At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that packaged salads produced at other Dole processing facilities in the United States are linked to illness.
 According to CDC, 15 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from eight states since July 5, 2015. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: Connecticut (1), Indiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Michigan (4), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), New York (5), and Pennsylvania (1).
 On January 27, 2016, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., announced that it was recalling all packaged salads produced in its Springfield, Ohio, facility.
 Consumers should not eat, and restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio. These products can be identified by the letter "A" at the beginning of the manufacturing code on the package.
 These packaged salads are sold under these brand names:
• Dole
• Fresh Selections
• Simple Truth
• Marketside
• The Little Salad Bar
• President's Choice Organics
For more information regarding this investigation including types of salad, affected states, along with additional information regarding this recall, please go to the website listed below:
http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm482807.htm
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Thank you,
 
FDA/ORA
Office of Communications and Quality Program Management/
Division of Communications
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