Dec 22, 2016
This just in (well, as of yesterday): Cuisinart has recalled roughly 8 million (!) food processor blades, because "the food processor’s riveted blade can crack over time and small metal pieces of the blade can break off into the processed food." This recall applies to food processors purchased as far back as July 1996 (who can even remember what that year looked like?) and December 2015.
In other words, if you have a Cuisinart food processor, you probably have a blade that might be adding tiny pieces of metal to your food.
According to NPR, the recall was issued "after 69 consumers reported finding broken pieces of blade in their food."
And while finding sharp metal baked into a pie crust is good for prisoners, it can put a damper on your holiday party.
To see if your Cuisinart is affected, head to recall.cuisinart.com and follow the directions. The first thing you'll need to do is check to see if your blade has rivets on it. No rivets, no problem—your blade is not being recalled.
If you find that your blade is in fact being recalled? Stay calm, sister! Just call 1-877-339-2534 and Cuisinart will arrange to send you a new blade. In the meantime, put your Cuisinart aside. Perhaps break out your powerhouse blender instead?
Picture of my blade - Click to enlarge, then note the hairline cracks circled in red
Dec 14, 2016
Tuesday December 13 2016
Several brands of children’s medicine are on the recall list because they could be poisonous. The medicines are sold at CVS pharmacy stores and have the CVS name on the boxes.
The recalled medicines include the Kid’s Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Liquid, Kids Relief Homeopathic Ear Relief Oral Liquid and infants’ teething tablets. The products were distributed to CVS stores nationwide. The company says there may be too much belladonna in the medications.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, belladonna can be dangerous or fatal when consumed in large doses.
According to Wikipedia, Atropa belladonna, commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the Nightshade family (which includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, etc.)
The root of the plant is generally the most toxic part, though this can vary from one specimen to another. Belladonna leaves and berries are gathered when the the berries are almost ripe and alkaloid content is greatest which makes them suited for medicinal use.
The leaves and berries are then dried in a dark and dry place and stored airtight. Fresh belladonna berries are mashed, fermented, and distilled into alcohol. Belladonna dosage depends on the user’s age and health condition. Consumption of one or two fresh belladonna berries mildly affects perception in adults. This effect outsets in one or two hours after the berries have been ingested. Three to four fresh berries act as a psychoactive aphrodisiac, and three to ten berries are a hallucinogenic dose. The lethal dose for adults is ten to twenty berries, depending on the physiological constitution of the consumer. Consumption of two or three berries by children can be lethal.
These data notwithstanding, consumption of belladonna should be mindful and generally avoided due to the devastating toxic states that can for some individuals prove lethal even with the minimal dosage.
Despite its dangerous characteristics, in controlled settings, belladonna does have many pharmacological uses.
If you have any of these products, stop using it immediately and call the Raritan Company at 1-866-467-2748 (Monday-Friday from 8am to 5:30pm EST).
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