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Secretary of State Condos appointed to national task force to protect businesses from identity theft

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos has accepted an appointment to a national task force on Business Identity Theft. The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has announced the formation of a NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force to help states combat the growing threat of business identity theft. The task force is a major association initiative that will target business identity theft prevention strategies and develop practical, cost-effective tools and guidance for states. “With the downturn in the economy, the newest victims of identity theft are small and medium-sized businesses, including dormant or inactive companies,” said NASS President Mark Ritchie of Minnesota, who serves on the task force. “As the state officials who oversee business registrations and corporate filings, secretaries of state have come together to find proactive ways to educate business owners on how they can reduce their chances of falling prey to identity thieves and to explore safeguards for state filing systems.”.Secretary Condos is looking forward to his role on this Task Force. ‘I am honored to be joining my colleagues from nine other states to research and address a broad range of Business Identity Theft issues. By participating on this task force, I will be at the forefront, helping establish best practices that can be implemented in Vermont, and introducing cost-effective, cutting edge strategies to Vermont’s businesses to help prevent this from happening to them.’”The NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force capitalizes on the expertise of our members when it comes to state business services and records management,” said NASS Executive Director Leslie Reynolds. “Task force members are confident that working together on identity theft prevention is an extremely wise investment strategy for states and businesses alike, saving valuable time, money and resources for all.”The ten-member NASS Business Identity Theft Task Force will work with a wide array of industry stakeholders, including state legislators, law enforcement, business support groups, financial institutions and others as it develops its final report. The task force’s final report is scheduled to be released later this year.Secretary of State Jim Condos has over 20 years of elected public service including 18 years on South Burlington City Council, 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, along with over 30 years of private sector business experience. Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the United States. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.last_img read more

CDC warning the public about possible Listeria from hard boiled eggs

first_imgFood processors and manufacturers should not use these eggs to make ready-to-eat foods, such as egg salad, deviled eggs, or salads.These fresh hard-boiled eggs were packaged in plastic pails and have a 49-day shelf-life.Until we learn more, CDC advises that people at higher risk for Listeria infection throw away any store-bought hard-boiled eggs or products containing hard-boiled eggs, such as egg salad.If you have these products at home, don’t eat them. Throw them away, regardless of where you bought them or the use-by date.If you buy products with hard-boiled eggs or order or eat items with hard-boiled eggs at a restaurant:Before you buy, order, or eat, confirm with the store or restaurant that they do not use hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods.If they use hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods, don’t buy or order the product.If they don’t know where their hard-boiled eggs are from, don’t buy or order the product. CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to hard-boiled eggs.CDC is concerned that bulk, fresh hard-boiled eggs produced by Almark Foods of Gainesville, Georgia, are contaminated with Listeria and have made people sick. These products were packaged in plastic pails for use nationwide by foodservice operators. These products have not been recalled. However, because Listeria can cause severe infections, the CDC is warning against selling, serving, or using these eggs to make other food products.Retailers and foodservice operators should not use bulk hard-boiled eggs produced at the Almark Foods Gainesville, Georgia facility, regardless of the use-by date.These eggs were peeled, hard-boiled, and packaged in plastic pails of various sizes.last_img read more