Floating Hospital Eyed In Massachusetts Opioid Fight

By Sam Drysdale
State House News Service

Senators have a new idea to battle the opioid crisis: creating a recovery facility on a decommissioned ship.

Lawmakers have added a redrafted Sen. Nick Collins amendment (364) to their fiscal year 2024 budget, which approves a study to look into converting a decommissioned ship into The Floating Hospital for Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery.

The Senate approved the study alongside 52 other amendments in a single voice vote on Wednesday night.

The converted “medical vessel” would offer services to respond to patients’ acute and chronic health needs, providing mental health, behavioral health, dental, primary and specialty care, according to Collins’ office, which said the vessel could be a cruise ship. It would also provide housing with wraparound services for those being treated on the ship.

The Department of Public Health study, if included the budget that will eventually emerge after House-Senate talks, would consult the Naval Construction and Marine Engineering program at MIT to look into the feasibility of the program.

Collins told senators on Thursday that the creative solution could help those living on the street in Boston’s Mass and Cass neighborhood, where frequent drug and mental health issues persist in encampments in the area.

“For years now, the situation at Mass & Cass and throughout our city and commonwealth have worsened without suitable state intervention,” Collins said. “Now is the time to pursue new, creative ideas to address a humanitarian crisis affecting thousands of people and families throughout the area. The Floating Hospital would provide our health care professionals with a state-of-the-art facility in which to provide care, all while addressing the pressing public health and safety needs of the city.”

Collins added that there is a history of using floating hospitals in public health crises, such as when the U.S. Navy ran the U.S.N.S. Comfort as a medical vessel during the early days of the pandemic.

In 1894, Massachusetts doctors operated The Boston Floating Hospital to serve poor children on a boat floating in the Boston Harbor.

South Coast’s popular FREE Yoga & Summer Boot Camp classes return to Cushman Park

“Fitness in Cushman Park is celebrating its twelfth year!

Fitness in the Park is scheduled FREE TO THE PUBLIC this summer for 10 weeks of Yoga and Exercise classes in Cushman Park, Green Street Fairhaven MA. The classes are taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am from June 20 to August 24, 2023.

Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor, Jeff Costa. Fitness in Cushman Park photo.

TUESDAYS: Yoga in the Park begins June 20 with certified yoga instructor, Jeff Costa, E-RYT 500. Yoga in the Park is a yoga series for all levels, designed to introduce newcomers to the basics of stretching and mindfulness and challenge yoga enthusiasts with a focus on compassion for the body.

Certified personal trainer (A.F.P.A.), Wayne Goulart. Fitness in Cushman Park photo.

THURSDAYS: Summer Bootcamp, begins June 22 with certified personal trainer (A.F.P.A.), Wayne Goulart. The Bootcamp class consists of various exercises that build functional strength and core stability with circuits utilizing light dumbbells and body weight exercises.

YOGA IN CUSHMAN PARK instructor, Jeff Costa, E-RYT 500 is a Yoga Alliance Nationally Certified Instructor and a graduate of the Kripalu School of Yoga and Health. Founder of Sangha New Bedford, a yoga studio and school in downtown New Bedford (sanghanewbedford.com), Jeff is a recognized leader in the wellness industry and has over 30 years experience in fitness education with a BA in Liberal Arts from Boston University. The strength of Jeff’s teaching lies in his attention to detail and his compassionate approach to students’ needs. Jeff’s authentic voice and classical approach to alignment create a class environment that promotes happiness, personal power, and peace of mind.

SUMMER BOOTCAMP instructor Wayne Goulart’s career in health and wellness began as a hobby when he started lifting weights with his brother in the basement of his family home. That hobby grew into a lifestyle and eventually a passion. Wayne is a certified personal trainer (A.F.P.A.) and teaches classes and offers personal training in his studio, Body by Wayne in New Bedford MA. A certified group exercise instructor, Wayne’s specialty is functional training and his clients are from all walks of life, ages and fitness levels.

Fitness in Cushman Park photo.

Attendees to the classes should bring a mat for Yoga and a mat plus set of weights for Bootcamp. Classes take place weather permitting — cancellations will be posted on the Fitness in Cushman Park Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fitnessincushmanpark

Fitness in Cushman Park is presented free to the public thanks to the generous support of our community sponsorship team. Fitness in Cushman Park is coordinated by Jeff Costa/SANGHA New Bedford and Susan Grace/EncorENTERTAINMENT.

For more information about Fitness in Cushman Park call 508-287-2482 or email sgrace@encorent.com or jeff@sanghanewbedford.com.

Please like and follow Fitness in Cushman Park’s Facebook page to stay involved: www.facebook.com/fitnessincushmanpark.”

Fitness in Cushman Park photo.

Bristol Community College lifts COVID-19 vaccination requirement

“At the conclusion of the Bristol Community College’s Spring 2023 semester, on May 18, 2023, students and employees will no longer need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of in-person entry, participation, enrollment or employment.

Students attending the Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 semesters will not have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Specific groups of students and employees may be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their clinical or external placements.

Although Bristol is lifting this requirement, in conjunction with the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges, the college will remain vigilant in monitoring health guidance and practicing important safety measures including:

• Wearing masks or face coverings indoors at any Bristol Community College location when COVID-19 transmission rates are high.

• High-quality masks and COVID-19 test kits will continue to be available at all college locations.

• Encouraging our community members to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.

For more information, regarding Bristol Community College’s COVID-19 vaccination policy update, including a statement from the 15 Massachusetts Community College Presidents, please click here.”

Frozen Strawberries sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco and Aldi recalled due to Hepatitis A Infections

WARNING! Product Safety Recall

Frozen organic strawberries sold at several stores, including Costco and Aldi, and in a frozen fruit blend at Trader Joe’s are being recalled after they were tied to an outbreak of hepatitis A infections in Washington state.

The US Food and Drug Administration is also warning people not to eat, sell or serve certain brands of frozen organic strawberries after five people have been infected with hepatitis A after eating them. Several people have been hospitalized.

Investigators with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in all five of the cases, the sick individuals had eaten frozen strawberries sold by a common supplier. Strawberries used by this supplier were imported from certain farms in Baja California, Mexico, in 2022.

The strain of hepatitis A causing the illnesses this year is genetically identical to the strain that caused an outbreak of hepatitis A infections last year. That outbreak was linked to fresh organic strawberries imported from Mexico and sold at various retailers in the United States.

A recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says all adults should be screened at least once in their lifetime for hepatitis B, an illness that’s linked to liver disease and cancer.

All adults should be screened for hepatitis B at least once, CDC says

Hepatitis A is a hardy virus that survives freezing. It persists for hours on human hands and for days on contaminated surfaces.

In response to the investigation, two suppliers have now recalled frozen organic strawberries: California Splendor of San Diego, California, has recalled certain lots of 4-pound bags of Kirkland brand frozen strawberries at Costco stores in California.

Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon, has voluntarily recalled frozen organic strawberries sold to Costco, Aldi, KeHE, Vital Choice Seafood and PCC Community Markets in certain states and to Trader Joe’s nationwide. At Trader Joe’s, the strawberries were included in its Organic Tropical Fruit Blend.

The bags of strawberries have dates that range from April to November 2024. A full list of the recalled strawberries is available on the FDA’s website.
The CDC and FDA advise that if you have any of the recalled strawberries in your freezer, you should throw them away or return them to the store for a refund.

Hepatitis A virus is a virus that attacks the liver. People can get sick 15 to 50 days after eating or drinking contaminated food or water. Some symptoms of hepatitis A infection include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine and pale stool. Some infections, particularly in children younger than age 6, may not cause symptoms

Massachsuetts Health Care Spending Surge Comes At “Time Of Disruption”

A new report estimates that per capita health care expenditures in Massachusetts shot up 9 percent in 2021 after having dropped 2.3 percent in 2020, giving elected officials and policymakers fresh data two days ahead of hearing that could consider how the health costs oversight system put in place by a 2012 cost control law can account for the myriad changes brought on or exacerbated by the pandemic.

The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created under that 2012 law, released its annual report on Monday examining health care spending trends in 2021. The independent agency estimated total health care spending in Massachusetts at $67.9 billion in 2021, and a per capita health care expenditure of $9,715 per resident.

Use of the health care system and spending on it were held down in 2020 when routine care and scheduled procedures were put on hold to focus on reacting to the onset of the pandemic. As society and the economy inched back open in 2021, people sought more care and the intensity of the services needed was up. CHIA said that led to faster spending growth and strain on capacity across the health care system.

“Adding to financial pressures, 2021 saw the expiration of federal provider relief funds, and payers recorded losses due to claims costs exceeding premium revenues. At the same time, Massachusetts residents continued to face affordability challenges accessing needed care,” CHIA wrote in its report.

Massachusetts considers itself a model for health care reform, and since a 2006 law signed by Gov. Mitt Romney, the state has required most residents to obtain at least a minimum level of insurance coverage or pay a tax penalty.

A 2022 survey found that nearly 90 percent of Bay Staters are satisfied with the quality of care, their own health plan and the ease of access to care, but costs remain a significant issue and regular barrier to actually seeking care.

Sixty-three percent said the cost of co-pays and bills have been a problem for their family’s finances, ranking third behind only the costs of groceries and gas in the survey conducted by Beacon Research. Prescription drug prices and monthly health insurance premiums have each been problematic for 57 percent of people. And 42 percent said that they at least occasionally put off seeing a doctor, getting a test or having a procedure because of the cost.

CHIA Executive Director Lauren Peters said the report released ahead of Wednesday’s Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and Health Policy Commission hearing provides a snapshot of “a time of disruption and evolving challenges for patients, consumers and the health care system at large.”

“The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 is evidenced by the reversal of many historical trends related to health care spending and utilization in 2020 and a rebounding effect in 2021,” Peters said. Because of “the anomalous nature of this period,” the report that CHIA released Monday focused on the three-year period from 2019 through 2021 to “provide a more accurate and contextualized picture of the health care system in the Commonwealth,” Peters said.

CHIA said that per resident health care expenditures increased at an annualized rate of 3.2 percent from 2019 through 2021 with increases in all service categories.

Pharmacy spending outpaced all other categories though, rising 9.6 percent from $10.6 billion in 2019 to $12.7 billion in 2021 before accounting for prescription drug rebates. In 2021 alone, gross prescription drug expenditures grew 11.1 percent.

Rebates reduced pharmacy spending by $3.1 billion in 2021, to $9.7 billion. Prescription drug rebates are estimated to have grown from $2.3 billion in 2019 to $3.1 billion over the last three years. After those rebates, spending for prescription drugs increased at an annualized rate of 7.5 percent from 2019 to 2021, CHIA said.

Between 2019 and 2021, premiums climbed at an annualized rate of 4.7 percent and claims covered by payers and employers increased at a rate of 5.7 percent, surpassing growth in wages and salaries (3.6 percent) and regional inflation (2.2 percent), CHIA said.

Member cost-sharing among private health plans rose 16.9 percent in 2021 to $58 per member per month. Enrollment in high deductible health plans, under which patients pay more out of pocket before insurance kicks in, grew by 4.1 percent and now accounts for 42.7 percent of enrollments in the private market, the report said.

The CHIA report found that overall acute hospital profitability, measured by the median total margin, was 5.2 percent in hospital fiscal year 2021 — up 2.6 percentage points on the year. The statewide median operating margin was 1.1 percent, a decrease of 0.2 percentage points, and the median non-operating margin was 3 percent, up 2.5 percentage points. Hospitals counted $386 million in federal and state relief funding in their operating revenue in HFY 2021 compared to $2.1 billion in HFY 2020, CHIA said.

Also Monday, the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association said that its own recent survey found that hospitals spent $1.3 billion more for temporary staffing in fiscal year 2022 ($1.52 billion) than they did pre-pandemic in fiscal 2019 ($204 million). Seventy-seven percent of the spending was on temporary nurses.

Well short of the number of workers needed, hospitals are also offering big singing and retention bonuses, and have increased average hourly wages for in-house staff from 13 percent to 20 percent, MHA said.

“The healthcare workforce market in Massachusetts and around the U.S. has been upended and it is unclear where the change is taking us,” MHA President and CEO Steve Walsh said. “The traveler agencies and temporary-worker trend has introduced a highly volatile variable in the budgeting and forecasting models hospitals use to remain financially stable and accessible to patients. Any state effort to analyze and constrain healthcare cost growth must recognize this dramatic workforce shift now occurring. This is a trend that demands our collective policy focus.”

Massachusetts Association of Health Plans President and CEO Lora Pellegrini said that insurers took financial losses in 2021 because premium revenue could not keep pace with claims costs as people again sought care in-person and expanded coverage requirements stayed in place.

She specifically pointed to prescription drug spending as “a significant and ongoing challenge to containing health care costs” and lamented that the area is “absent from accountability to the state’s cost growth benchmark.”

“As health insurance premiums reflect the cost of care, it is critical that the state take action to address these rising health care costs. In conjunction with a strong benchmark, we urge the state to take steps to hold all entities accountable for cost growth, enhancing competition, and correcting market dysfunction,” Pellegrini said.

Although the Legislature approved some major reforms including a landmark mental health access bill last session, the governor, House and Senate each prioritized a different aspect of the health care world, leaving numerous loose ends that lawmakers could elect to pick back up between now and July 2024.

The House last session approved legislation that would update the regulatory process for large health care providers trying to expand into markets covered by smaller, financially vulnerable community hospitals. In part, the House leadership priority bill would have allowed the HPC to examine not just merger and acquisition costs and impacts but also probe the market impacts of hospital expansions.

The Senate never took it up for a debate or a vote.

Meanwhile, the House never took up a Senate-approved bill that would cap out-of-pocket insulin spending at $25 per month, require pharmaceutical companies to notify the state before significant price increases or rolling out new drugs, and subject drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers to both the HPC’s annual cost trend hearings and to examination by CHIA.

The HPC itself has been vocal about its desire to see lawmakers ramp up its regulatory might, subject medical industry power players to additional scrutiny and limitations, and lessen the burden residents face from health insurance premiums and cost-sharing.

“Entering the new session, there is no real starting point for the next round of reform, but growing realization that action is necessary to prevent system closures and spiraling costs,” the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation wrote in a memo earlier this year previewing topics likely up for debate on Beacon Hill this session.

[Michael P. Norton contributed to this report.]

OPINION: “In my line of work New Bedford has the most disgusting, worst catch basins I’ve seen”

“Hey, I just wanted to share a picture from North Street, New Bedford next to ‘SoCo Cycle.’ I’m from out of town. but work all over the state and was working a job in the city.

We have to pop these covers up in our line of work. By far, New Bedford has the worst catch basins I’ve seen in years of opening manholes. Something to mention, environmental issues are a problem everywhere but New Bedford is a major area of inlet/outlet. This is disgusting for the [DPW] ‘works’ and city to not tackle!

I rarely reach out to local agencies, but this was just a telltale sign that indicates the condition of the other open drop basins. Please keep me anonymous.”

Southcoast Health Reduces In-Home Care Costs and Hospital Readmissions with Virtual Visits and Remote Patient Monitoring

The Southcoast Health Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) saved an average of four in-home nursing visits annually, and generated over $500,000 in cost savings over the last 16 months by leveraging remote patient monitoring (RPM) and a virtual visit program.

With the goals of improving clinicians’ workload and patient care transition, the Southcoast VNA began their partnership with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) for RPM in 2017. Patients enrolled in the program are monitored daily, with clinicians responding to risk alerts based on their reported vitals and symptoms. To quickly evaluate patients and address any concerns, providers can contact patients directly via a virtual visit or text messaging. The virtual visit program began in 2021 leveraging the video conferencing feature of HRS for patients on RPM.

This innovative care model replaces at least one in-person visit a week with a virtual visit, and the additional touchpoint has significantly improved physician-patient trust and communication, while decreasing care costs and staff workload by avoiding unnecessary in-home visits and exacerbations. The program can also incorporate a patient’s primary care physician in a virtual visit to meet the face-to-face CMS home health requirement.

“Our partnership with HRS and incorporating video visits into our daily routine has allowed us to provide care outside of the patients home as well as improve outcomes in term of hospitalization and cost savings,” says Jessica Magalhaes, Southcoast VNA’s Telehealth and Transitional Care Team Leader. “Having the tools to connect with a patient daily and monitor their vital signs closely has allowed many of our patients to remain at home with an improved quality of life.”

From October of 2021 until January of 2023, the Southcoast VNA’s RPM program has achieved a low 30-day readmission rate at seven percent for 2,621 high-risk patients.

The Southcoast VNA additionally offers a specialized RPM program for high-risk chronic care patients not enrolled in home health services. Patients identified were enrolled in the RPM program for a minimum of six months to help them develop self-management skills and reduce care costs for the health system and ACO.

The chronic-care RPM program has also demonstrated incredible success throughout the last 16 months, averaging another low hospital admission rate of 3 percent for 988 patients, with daily adherence and satisfaction scores each above 90 percent.

Beginning in 2002, the Southcoast VNA became an early adopter of telehealth and remote patient monitoring, launching a small program aimed at reducing hospital readmission for high-risk patients. In 2017, Southcoast partnered with Health Recovery Solutions (HRS), the KLAS-leader in remote patient monitoring, to expand their targeted patient populations and program objectives.

“Southcoast Health has always been an innovative and exciting partner to work with,” says Jarret Bauer, HRS’s Co-Founder and Chairman. “Improving patient care is at the crux of everything they do—whether it’s expanding to new patient populations or launching new care models—the impact of their community always comes first.”

By expanding their RPM partnerships across the health system, and developing new partnerships within their ACO to meet the needs of their patients, Southcoast has shifted the goals of its RPM program to address growing challenges in the healthcare industry—including staff retention and value-based care. In the coming months, Southcoast looks to develop new partnerships with health plans and providers that will collaborate with them to treat patients in need of the round-the-clock care offered by their RPM team.

To learn more about the Southcoast Health Visiting Nurse Association please visit Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association in MA & RI | Supportive Care.

Southcoast Health recognized for excellence through the 2022 Digital Health Most Wired Survey

“The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), has released their coveted Digital Health Most Wired Survey results for the 2022 data collection period. This year, Southcoast Health earned a Level 9 achievement for both the acute (hospital) and ambulatory setting survey selections, officials announced.

“We are proud to be recognized by the Most Wired Survey for the fourth year in a row,” said Jim Feen, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Southcoast Health. “This is a complete team effort, and I want to thank and congratulate all our clinical and business partners, and our digital health services teams for their ongoing dedication to innovation, and effort to embrace technology and health analytics to improve how we care for our community.”

Among the more than 38,000 organizations surveyed by CHIME, Southcoast Health ranked above peers in categories like analytics and data management, population health, infrastructure, and patient engagement. The survey assessed the adoption, integration, and impact of technologies in healthcare organizations at all stages of development, from early development to industry leading.

Only eight organizations worldwide earned the highest achievement of Level 10, and 70 organizations earned a Level 9. Among the Level 9 recipients, Southcoast Health is the only health system in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to be recognized at this level.

“Healthcare has been in a state of persistent disruption and uncertainty, but one thing that is crystal clear – charting a course through the digital health frontier is a can’t proposition,” said Dr. Jay Lawrence, Senior Vice President, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer and Physician-in-Chief for Primary Care and Urgent Care at Southcoast Health. “I’m very proud to be a part of an organization with both the commitment and capability to succeed through innovation.”

The Digital Health Most Wired survey and recognition program serves as a comprehensive “Digital Health Check-up” for healthcare organizations across the world. As success in digital health increasingly determines the quality of patient care, the scope of the CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey reflects the progress of leading healthcare providers as they reinvent healthcare for a new century.

“As we continue to implement new technology into our model of care, we recognize advances spurred by the pandemic such as telehealth appointments are a big part of this. We learned a lot about how to use these tools throughout that time, and these advancements are continuing to change how we provide care,” said Feen.

To learn more about Digital Health Most Wired Survey please visit: Digital Health Most Wired – Healthcare IT – CHIME (chimecentral.org)


About Southcoast Health

For more than 25 years, Southcoast Health has served communities across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island as the largest provider of primary and specialty care in the region. The not-for-profit, charitable system includes three acute care hospitals – Charlton Memorial in Fall River, St. Luke’s in New Bedford (a Level II Trauma Center), and Tobey in Wareham – as well as a network of over 700 physicians, hospitalists, and midlevel practitioners.

Southcoast Health has established seven Urgent Care Centers, two Cancer Centers, a Visiting Nurse Association, and numerous ambulatory facilities that ensure convenient access to services for 725,000 residents in 33 communities covering 900 square miles. In addition, the system partners with Acadia Healthcare to offer expanded resources at Southcoast Behavioral Health in Dartmouth.

Southcoast Health is a Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospital in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. In 2021, St. Luke’s was named to Newsweek and Leapfrog’s Best Maternity Hospitals for the second consecutive year, while US News ranked Southcoast among the 10 best hospitals in Massachusetts, and 2nd among those in the Providence Metro area. For three straight years, Southcoast Health has earned Best Hospitals and Best Place to Work in SouthCoast Media Group’s Best of the Best Awards, voted on by residents and readers.

With upward of 7,500 employees, Southcoast Health is the largest employer in southeastern Massachusetts, and one of the largest employers in the Commonwealth, according to the Boston Business Journal. More information is available online at www.southcoast.org. Connect to Southcoast Health through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Southcoast® is a registered trademark of Southcoast Health System.



The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers (CIOs), chief medical information officers (CMIOs), chief nursing information officers (CNIOs), chief innovation officers (CIOs), chief digital officers (CDOs) and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 5,000 members in 58 countries plus two U.S. territories and over 190 healthcare IT business partners and professional services firms, CHIME and its three associations provide a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate, exchange best practices, address professional development needs and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and care in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit chimecentral.org.”

New Bedford Health Department to host forum on health disparities in the region

The New Bedford Health Department and the Health Equity Compact (HEC) will be hosting the Color of Care – Southeastern MA Health Equity Forum to discuss solutions to health disparities in our region. The event will take place on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum at 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA.

Event Details

• 4:00pm: Screening of Oprah Winfrey’s documentary – Color of Care
• 5:30pm: Dinner and a special recognition of Dr. Patricia Andrade for her years of service with the New Bedford Board of Health and advocacy of health equity within the greater New Bedford community.
• 6:30pm: HEC presentation and regional listening session for the Health Care and Health Equity Bill, sponsored by the Health Equity Compact and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers

The documentary will be offered in English with Spanish subtitles and presentations and discussions will be provided in English and Spanish.

The event is free, open to all, and childcare will be available.

Please register by Tuesday, October 25th through the following QR code or by calling the health department at 508-991-6199.”

Massachusetts Company Issues Recall on Candy Corn

Arcade Snacks of Auburn, MA is recalling its 15 ounce packages of Candy Corn because they may contain undeclared egg. People who have allergies to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Just another good reason to never eat candy corn!

Candy Corn was distributed in Massachusetts and Connecticut at the following locations:

Johnson Roadside Farm Market in Swansea, Massachusetts
Donelan’s Supermarkets in Massachusetts
Fieldstone Farm Market in Marion, Massachusetts
Foodies in Massachusetts
Windfall Market in Falmouth, Massachusetts
Highland Park Market in Glastonbury, Connecticut

The product comes in a 15 ounce, clear plastic container marked with UPC #0 18586 00114 4 and a best by date of 3/8/2023 on the label on the back panel.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg.

Consumers who have purchased 15 ounce packages of Candy Corn are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-508-832-6300 Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm ET.

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