Public Health - Environmental Health

Hostess and Grain Craft Recall, 2016


FDA Investigates Low Levels of Peanut Residue Found in Flour Products


Grain Craft notified the FDA on April 26 that sampling by a customer found peanut residue in cookies and subsequent analysis revealed the source of the peanut residue to be its soft red winter wheat flour. Read more from the FDA.

Fast Facts
  1. FDA advises consumers with severe peanut allergies to avoid the following products being recalled because of peanut residue in certain flour originating from Grain Craft.
    • Cinnabon Stix
    • Safeway 8" Single Layer Red Velvet Cake
    • ACME 12” Decorated Chocolate Chip Cookie
    • Jewel 12” Decorated Chocolate Chip Cookie
    • Chick-fil-A Chocolate Chunk Cookies
    • Hostess Snack Cake and Donut Products
    • Frito-Lay Products
    • Kellogg Company Snack Products
    • Mars Varieties of COMBOS
    • Armour Snackmakers Keebler Animal Crackers
    • Gardner Pie Company Cheesecakes and Key Lime Pies
    • Tippin's Gourmet Pies Key Lime Pies
  2. Grain Craft has recalled its affected flour. FDA is working with other companies that received the affected flour product from Grain Craft to determine if further recalls are needed.
  3. On June 3, 2016, Hostess recalled products containing flour it had received from Grain Craft.

Environmental Hazards


The field of environmental health is concerned with how our quality of life is impacted by the environment. Contaminated food, water, and air can lead to adverse health outcomes. Environmental health workers, sometimes called sanitarians, strive to ensure that people are not harmed by the environment in which they live. They work to protect people from hazards such as water-borne pathogens, radon, lead, and asbestos.

Shared Responsibility


Federal, state, county and local governments share responsibility for protecting citizens from health hazards in the environment. In Ontario County, the Public Health Department does not have any environmental health specialists. Instead, we work closely with the regional office of the New York State Department of Health to address environmental concerns. Some situations can be addressed by town or village code enforcement officers. Others require the involvement of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) or Agriculture and Markets. Sometimes it is necessary to refer to the National Center for Environmental Health.

The lead agency in Ontario County for the investigation of environmental hazards is the regional office of the New York State Department of Health, located in Geneva, New York. Some of its responsibilities are:
  1. Restaurant inspections
  2. Inspection of homes contaminated by lead paint and assistance with plans for lead eradication
  3. Review of applications for water systems
  4. Collaboration with the local health department during outbreaks of food and water borne illnesses
  5. Inspection of summer camps

Where To Get Assistance


New York State Department of Health, Geneva District Office


To discuss your concerns about environmental hazards or restaurant safety, contact the Geneva District Office at 315-789-3030.

Hot Topics in Environmental Health


Restaurant & Food Safety


Ontario County Public Health staff members often receive questions about restaurants and food safety. Food can cause illness in a variety of ways. Ill food handlers, improper food storage, and failure to keep food preparation areas clean can lead to food borne illnesses. Food safety is a major priority of environmental health sanitarians. If you are concerned you became ill related to eating at a particular restaurant, first seek medical care and then contact the restaurant. Next, contact the NYS Department of Health Geneva District Office at 315-789-3030. Additionally, the NYS Department of Health maintains a list of restaurants across the state with inspection violations.

NYS Restaurant Violations: Found Here

Blue-Green Algae


Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are naturally-occurring bacteria that live in ponds, lakes, rivers and streams across our state. Sunny weather causes these organisms to increase in number. Blue-green algae thrive in shallow, undisturbed, surface waters. Large amounts of algae can discolor water and form floating scums on the surface. Water may look greenish, yellowish or even brownish red. Severely affected water may take on a paint-like appearance. Read more..

Giant Hogweed

Click here to learn about this local menace and steps you can take to prevent exposure.

Private Water Supplies (Wells)


Click here to learn about maintaining private water supplies (wells).


Updated 6/23/16
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