Washington, DC - International Travel Challenges During COVID-19 U.S. citizens who choose to travel internationally should be aware that they may face unexpected challenges related to COVID-19 as they attempt to return to the United States or attempt to travel from one overseas location to another.  U.S. citizens who do choose to travel internationally should make contingency plans, as they may have to remain in a foreign country longer than originally planned, which will be at their own expense.  The Department recommends international travel insurance with coverage for COVID-related trip cancellation and medical benefits.  In general, Medicare and Medicaid do not cover overseas medical costs.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today proclaimed a state of emergency in several counties across the state to support the ongoing response to recent winter storms.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today issued the following statement regarding the death of Betty White, trailblazing actress, Emmy-award winner, and California Hall of Famer:

Baltimore, Maryland - 2021 was an unprecedented year of action for Food Tank, bringing food systems leaders together in new and exciting ways.

Imperial, California - Melco Resorts & Entertainment recently announced that it cut plate waste in employee dining areas by 35 percent. In collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE) Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science and food technology company Winnow, Melco used real-time food waste data to design strategic communications encouraging eaters to reduce waste.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of imported meat and poultry products from China. A recall was not requested because FSIS has been unable to identify and contact the importers. The total amount of ineligible product is undetermined because the investigation is ongoing.