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Health Alerts: Hand sanitizers containing methanol, Cub Scout pins, and more :

August 1, 2020
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Hand sanitizers containing methanol

Parents are urged to check the labels on their hand sanitizer after some products were found to contain methanol, also known as wood alcohol. Methanol should not be used in hand sanitizers because of its toxic effects, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Products with methanol were manufactured by companies in Mexico and the U.S. Check the FDA website at https://bit.ly/31OSpvL for a complete list of manufacturers, product names and NDC numbers.

Methanol can be poisonous if absorbed through the skin or ingested. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death.

Poisoning risk is highest when the products are swallowed. Methanol poisoning also is possible after repeated use of these products on the skin.

Seek immediate medical attention for symptoms from repeated use of these products on skin or from swallowing methanol-containing alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to remove germs. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Keep hand sanitizers out of children’s reach, and supervise children ages 5 and younger when they use hand sanitizer.

The FDA recommends disposing products containing methanol in hazardous waste containers, if available, or as recommended by your local waste management and recycling center. They should not be flushed or poured down a drain.

 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed. Consumers can submit reports of harm to CPSC’s searchable online product safety database at www.SaferProducts.gov. A searchable food and medical product recall database is available atwww.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.

 

Cub Scout outdoor activity pin

Units:About 78,000

Hazard:The pin’s face and shaft contain lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children.

Description:The Boy Scouts of America’s Cub Scout outdoor activity pins are silver with a gold animal paw painted on a blue background.

Sold exclusively at: Boy Scouts of America retail stores and authorized distributors nationwide and online at www.scoutshop.org from April 2016 through January 2020 for about $1.

Remedy: Return the pin to any Boy Scouts of America retail store or contact Boy Scout of America’s National Distribution Center for a refund or credit.

Contact: Call Boy Scouts of America at 800-323-0736 or visit https://www.scoutshop.org/product-recall.

 

Infant spoons

Units: About 32,200

Hazard: The teething spoon can break in a child’s mouth when being used as a teether, and infants can choke on the pieces.

Description: Miniware teething spoons are made from food-grade silicone. They are designed for infants to use during the teething phase (about 4 to 24 months of age). The spoons were sold in a set of two and came in gray, aqua, peach, green, pink and lavender. “Miniware” is stamped in raised letters on the handle. Spoons also were sold as part of a First Bites meal kit and Sip and Snack kit that had other dishware.

Sold at: Miniware.com, Amazon.com and in stores, including Dillard’s, The Tot, Turquoise, The Mellowland, Mom Loves Me and Bitte from December 2017 through March 2020 for $14 to $42.

Remedy: Stop using the recalled teething spoons, and contact Bonnsu for a replacement product.

Contact: Call 855-334-8129, email hello@miniware.com or visit https://miniware.com/pages/recalls.

 

Baby strollers

Units: About 16,000

Hazard: A child can be trapped and strangle in the space between the activity tray and seat bottom, or the child could fall out through the large space between the seat bottom and crotch restraint.

Description: Recalled are infant double strollers in red, gray, black (model BB4476), infant double strollers in black (model BB4613) and face-to-face double strollers in gray (model BB4690). All models include a tag reading: “Made for GoPlus Corp., 11250 Poplar Ave., Fontana, CA 92337.”

Sold at: Amazon.com and www.costway.com from May 2016 through December 2019 for about $100.

Remedy: Stop using the strollers and contact Costway for a refund, including taxes and original shipping cost.

Contact: Call 844-242-1885 or email recall@costway.com.

 

Bedroom furniture

Units: About 9,500

Hazard: The base coat paint used on the furniture has lead. Lead is toxic if ingested by young children.

Description: Cottage Town bedroom furniture manufactured by Avalon Furniture was sold in white, black and gray. The furniture includes a dresser, mirror, king headboard and footboard, queen headboard and footboard, chest and gent’s chest. The furniture was made between Aug. 1, 2019, and Dec. 18, 2019. Product and SKU numbers are listed at http://cottagetownrecall.com/.

Sold exclusively at: Rooms To Go stores and online at www.roomstogo.com from October 2019 to April 2020 for $100 to $600 per piece.

Remedy: Contact Rooms To Go for replacement and pickup.

Contact: Call 855-688-0919 or visit www.cottagetownrecall.com.

 

Colored contact lenses

Units: 1,362 pairs

Hazard: The TTDeye brand colored contact lenses were distributed without Food and Drug Administration clearance and may pose a threat to health.

Description: Recalled TTDeye brand products include black starshine (B16112100), diamonds starlight (B16112203), flower brown (B16112210), flower gray (B16112231), radial brown (B16112109), radial pink (B16112110) and devil red (B16112201).

Sold at: Online at www.ttdeye.com from August through October 2019.

Remedy: Stop using the contacts and contact the company for more information.

Contact: Use the online chat at www.ttdeye.com or email info@ttdeye.com.

 

Dressers

Units: About 1,300

Hazard: If the mirror is not installed, the dressers are unsteady and can fall onto children and trap or kill them. The tip-over restraint kits do not meet requirements set by the government.

Description: Recalled are Brighton nine-drawer dressers, Bow-front dressers, Travis nine-drawer dressers, Travis nine-drawer double dressers, Bevelle dressers and wooden nine-drawer dressers with tapered feet. They were manufactured from November 2017 through February 2019.

Sold at: Costco and other furniture stores nationwide and online from November 2017 through December 2019 for $700 to $1,100.

Remedy: Keep children away from the dresser until it is repaired. Contact the company for a replacement tip-over restraint kit and to request a one-time in-home installation of the kit.

Contact: Call 888-859-2129 or visit https://www.modusfurniture.com/recall/.

 

Umbrella strollers

Units: About 940

Hazard: The location of the restraint system creates a large gap between the restraint and the seat. A child can slip through the gap and fall. In addition, the covering on the grab bar can detach, and children can choke on the exposed foam.

Description: The Island Wear umbrella strollers have a grab bar and footrest. The strollers were sold in blue and rainbow colors.

Sold at: Paradise Island, Outrageous Outlet and Grand Resort Wear in Ocean City, Md., from April through October 2019 for about $20.

Remedy: Contact Island Wear for instructions on how to receive a refund.

Contact: Call 844-449-4144 or email Islandwearoc@gmail.com.

 

Baby strollers

Units: About 750

Hazard: A child’s torso can pass through the opening between the activity tray and the seat bottom, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards. The location of the crotch restraint creates a large opening between the seat bottom and the restraint, and it can become detached, posing a fall hazard to children.

Description: Belecoo 535-S convertible baby strollers were sold in black, pink, blue, khaki and gray. The strollers convert into carriages in the bassinet position. Belecoo is printed on the stroller’s frame and on the shoulder straps. Model number 535-S is printed on a label on the inside of the rear frame of the stroller.

Sold exclusively at: Amazon.com from January 2019 through March 2020 for about $200.

Remedy: Stop using the stroller and contact A Better You! for a refund.

Contact: Call 1-800-715-7302 or email belecoorecall@gmail.com.

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