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  • State of Nevada: Local Health Authorities
  • NOT Approved as Food Additives
    • Cannabidiol In Food Products (CBD)
    • Kratom
  • Mosquito Abatement
  • Mold
  • Landlord Tenant Issues
  • Keeping a Healthy Home
  • Water Testing
  • Legionnaires’ disease
  • Menu labeling final rule – Food Labeling; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

State of Nevada: Local Health Authorities

Cannabidiol In Food Products (CBD)

The Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act prohibits adding approved drugs to human or animal food in interstate commerce. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hulled hemp seeds, hump seed protein powder, hemp seed oil, to be used in a food product. Cannabidiol or CBD is NOT an approved additive in a food product.

Proposed Changes to Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 439: Hemp Products Intended for Human Consumption (R035-22)

AN ACT relating to hemp; replacing the term “industrial hemp” with the term “hemp” and revising the definition thereof; requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt regulations requiring the testing and labeling of certain commodities and products made using hemp and certain similar products which are intended for human consumption; prohibiting a person from selling or offering to sell such commodities or products unless the commodities or products satisfy certain standards relating to testing and labeling; authorizing the retesting of a crop of hemp that has failed certain tests prescribed by the State Department of Agriculture; and providing other matters properly relating thereto.

Mosquito Abatement

The Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) recognizes the importance of minimizing the impacts of biting mosquitoes throughout the community. Mosquito activity can significantly impact the quality of life of our residents. DPBH does not provide services for mosquito control. Services are provided by local counties and mosquito abatement districts throughout the State of Nevada.

    Please see the list below of services provided in your area of Nevada:

      Mosquito Abatement Districts in Nevada

      Mold Information

      The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health does not have jurisdiction over mold or water damage complaints in a private home or a rental home in the State of Nevada. Below is a list of 10 items you should know about mold to keep your home safe.  

        1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
        2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
        3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
        4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
        5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside, using air conditioners and de-humidifiers, increasing ventilation, using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
        6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
        7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
        8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
        9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
        10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

          Mold Testing or Sampling

          Is sampling for mold needed? In most cases, if visible mold growth is present, sampling is unnecessary. Since no EPA or other federal limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with federal mold standards. Surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals who have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or other professional organizations. [Source: U.S. EPA Website]

            Mold Information Links:

            Landlord Tenant Issues

            For more information on the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords, visit the Nevada Law Library, Nevada Revised Statute Chapter 118 A:


            If you rent a home, condominium, or apartment and you have a pest infestation, moisture problems (including the presence of mold), poor maintenance or another major structural problem, or if your home does not have heating, air conditioning, running water, hot water, electricity or gas, follow these steps to get the issue(s) resolved:

            • Send a certified, dated letter to your landlord notifying him or her of the problem and request that it be fixed and mention your intentions should the problem not be resolved. Keep a copy for yourself.
              • Send a certified, dated letter to your landlord notifying him or her of the problem and request that it be fixed and mention your intentions should the problem not be resolved. Keep a copy for yourself.
              • Essential services (e.g. no of heating, A/C, water, electricity or gas): Your landlord has 48 hours to either fix the issue or make satisfactory progress towards fixing it (not including Saturday, Sunday or a legal holiday).
            • If the issue is not resolved within 14 days or 48 hours (whichever timeframe applies to your situation) you can start civil legal proceedings. If necessary, Nevada Legal Services is one resource you may find helpful to start the civil process.

            Nevada 2-1-1

            2-1-1 is a special telephone number reserved in Canada and the United States to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations. Dialing 2-1-1 in almost every part of the United States will connect you to human and social services for your area.

              2-1-1 services include places to find emergency food, housing and emergency shelter locations, children’s services, support for seniors older persons and people with disabilities, and mental health and counseling services, among many others.

                Nevada 2-1-1, a program of the Financial Guidance Center, is committed to helping Nevada citizens connect with the services they need.

                Water Testing for Private Well Owners

                Legionnaires’ disease

                CDC investigated the first outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a serious lung infection (pneumonia), in 1976. An increasing number of people in the US are getting this disease, which is caused by breathing in small water droplets contaminated with Legionella germs. About 5,000 people are diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and there are at least 20 outbreaks reported each year. Most identified outbreaks are in buildings with large water systems, such as hotels, long-term care facilities, and hospitals. Legionella grows best in building water systems that are not well maintained. Building owners and managers should adopt newly published standards that promote Legionella water management programs, which are ways to reduce the risk of this germ in building water systems.

                Final Rule: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments

                To implement the nutrition labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act or ACA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is requiring disclosure of certain nutrition information for standard menu items in certain restaurants and retail food establishments. The ACA, in part, amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act), among other things, to require restaurants and similar retail food establishments that are part of a chain with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale substantially the same menu items to provide calorie and other nutrition information for standard menu items, including food on display and self-service food. Under provisions of the ACA, restaurants and similar retail food establishments not otherwise covered by the law may elect to become subject to these Federal requirements by registering every other year with FDA. Providing accurate, clear, and consistent nutrition information, including the calorie content of foods, in restaurants and similar retail food establishments will make such nutrition information available to consumers in a direct and accessible manner to enable consumers to make informed and healthful dietary choices.

                CDC Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat

                CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases will host the sixth annual CDC holiday food safety Twitter chat on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

                  This year Parents Magazine will co-host the chat, which has a theme of Make food safety a holiday tradition. Join food safety experts from @CDCgov , @CDC_NCEZID, @FoodSafetygov, @USDAFoodSafety, and @FDAfood to give tips on planning and preparing holiday meals that are safe, healthy, and worth remembering.