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*Do not plant them and report it to Division of Animal and Plant Health*
AUGUSTA - In Maine and across the US, people are reporting receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds from China in the mail. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) Bureau of Agriculture is advising anyone who gets these packages to not open or plant the seeds. Recipients are asked to contact either DACF's Division of Animal and Plant Health, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., at (207) 287-3200 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service - Plant Protection and Quarantine office in Hermon, ME, at (207) 848-0008. Recipients should hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from DACF or USDA gets in touch with further instructions. Please do not plant seeds from unknown origins.
The seeds are usually sent in white packages displaying Chinese lettering and the words "China Post." Most recipients say they did not order anything, and that the packaging was labeled as jewelry. Some recipients have reported ordering seeds on Amazon and receiving these seeds.
The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service's Plant Protection and Quarantine Smuggling, Interdiction and Trade Compliance Unit is currently investigating this situation across the nation.
AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) will offer a series of free "catch up" immunization clinics starting next week to help parents ensure that their children are up-to-date on required vaccinations.
Because the COVID-19 pandemic led many Maine families to forgo well-child visits or other in-person consultations with their pediatricians since March, some children have fallen behind on required and recommended immunizations. The "catch up" clinics are part of a collaboration between public health professionals and primary care providers in Maine to ensure that children are up-to-date on vaccines that prevent serious contagious diseases. The clinics are a joint effort of the Maine Immunization Program and the Maine Public Health Nursing Program, supported by public health district liaisons and local primary care providers.
"COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in many ways, including presenting new challenges in getting to wellness and preventive care visits," said Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine CDC. "It's always best for children to see their trusted pediatricians. But if that's not possible, these clinics will help protect them from preventable childhood diseases."
Starting Monday, July 27, regularly scheduled once or twice weekly clinics will be offered at Public Health Nursing offices in Augusta, Bangor, Caribou, Lewiston, and Portland. Clinics are by appointment only to ensure proper physical distancing. Parents can call (207) 287-6730 or (207) 287-4112 to schedule an appointment.
Additional clinics are planned for Calais, Machias, Rockland, and Skowhegan. More information about when parents can schedule appointments at these clinics will be announced as soon as it becomes available. Clinics could be added to meet demand.
All vaccines on the childhood immunization schedule will be available at no cost for children 18 and younger.
Families are encouraged to first reach out to their primary care provider to arrange for immunizations. If families don't have a primary care provider or if their provider is not able to meet their needs for immunizations, parents should get a copy of each child's immunization record to bring to the clinic.
At the clinics, public health nurses will administer shots, provide an updated immunization record to the family, and notify primary care providers of the vaccines given to each child. Public health nurses also will assist families who don't have a primary care provider to find a way to receive continued care.
For more information, call (207) 287-6730 or (207) 287-4112 or visit the vaccine clinic website.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation led by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to establish a uniform federal standard for products labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” or “Made in America.” Under current conditions, businesses that make their products in the United States face a patchwork of different state laws – making compliance costs burdensome in order to ensure products can be sold across the country with the designation. The Reinforcing American-Made Products Act replaces this needlessly complicated approach with a uniform standard for Made in America products – easing the compliance costs for product labeling and incentivizing American manufacturing.
“When a consumer sees a Made-in-America label, they know they’re purchasing a high-quality product and supporting American jobs,” said Senator King. “These labels are simple and straightforward, and the process should be, too — so shoppers can know what they’re buying and choose to support American manufacturers. My legislation with Senator Lee will do exactly that, removing unnecessary bureaucracy to create clearer choices for consumers and help boost American businesses and workers.”
During his two terms as Governor and from his first days in the United States Senate, Senator King has sought to prioritize American manufacturing, to promote domestic economic resilience and also further national security interests. He has co-sponsored the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act in the last several Congressional sessions, and seeks out opportunities to tour Maine’s large and small businesses to stay up-to-date with their needs.
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