The FDA Has Expanded Its List of Potentially Deadly Hand Sanitizers

Checking the label isn't enough—you should check the FDA's recall list.
Checking the label isn't enough—you should check the FDA's recall list.
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As manufacturers rush to meet the increased demand for hand sanitizer during the coronavirus pandemic, some are failing to abide by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) safety regulations. Earlier this month, the FDA recalled dozens of hand sanitizer brands that contained methanol, a poisonous chemical that can cause nausea, headache, blurred vision, and other illness when ingested or even absorbed through the skin.

CNN reports that on Monday, July 27, the organization released a statement warning consumers to look out for previously recalled products that may still be on shelves. It also added a few more brands to the recall list, including Herbacil, Jaloma, and Leiper’s Fork Distillery.

Methanol does kill germs, but its toxicity makes it an unacceptable ingredient in any FDA-regulated drug. And since many of the recalled products don’t list methanol anywhere on the product label, simply making sure you don’t see the word methanol on a bottle of hand sanitizer doesn’t mean it’s safe. Instead, the FDA recommends avoiding all products whose manufacturer name, product name, or National Drug Code (NDC) number appears on the recall list.

“Producing, importing and distributing toxic hand sanitizers poses a serious threat to the public and will not be tolerated,” FDA commissioner Stephen M. Hahn said in a press release. “The FDA will take additional action as necessary and will continue to provide the latest information on this issue for the health and safety of consumers.”

Part of this action involves sending warning letters to manufacturers who don’t immediately recall their toxic products. The letters—like this one, which the FDA sent to Mexico-based company EskBiochem SA de CV—demand detailed investigations, lists of raw materials, shipping records, and more.

You can view the FDA’s full list of recalled hand sanitizers here.

[h/t CNN]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

Beef-ware.
Beef-ware.
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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]