We have a pair of important recalls to alert you to today. We don’t often do one-off posts, but these two were concerning enough that we wanted to dedicate a quick post to them.
Common School Supplies Found To Have Traces of Asbestos, Phthalates
The first one comes from U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who sounded the alarm recently about potentially dangerous toxins in Playskool crayons and other school supplies. A report by U.S. PIRG, a consumer advocacy group, indicated that a number of supplies such as 3-ring binders, rulers, markers, and the aforementioned Playskool crayons (sold at the Dollar Tree, and made by Leap Year Publishing) were found to contain chemicals long known to make children (and adults) sick.
“Earlier this month an independent research group called US-PIRG published a report that examined eight categories of common school supplies bought by parents each year,” revealed Schumer. “Crayons, markers, rulers, lunchboxes — according to PIRG, Playskool Crayons contained asbestos. EXPO markers had positive samples of BTEX, benzene, toluene, ethylene, and xylene, all harmful. Hydro Pro Furry Friends and GSI Outdoors Kids water bottles were found to contain lead. And three-ring binders tested positive for phthalates.”
Sen. Schumer has called upon the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take immediate action and investigate, to protect children from being exposed to potentially harmful chemicals used in the very supplies they’re meant to be learning with. Leap Year Publishing told The Washington Post earlier this month that they are doing a full investigation themselves.
To read the full report from U.S. PIRG, click the link at the bottom of this post.
Tainted Ground Beef Puts California Residents At Risk
We’ll pass on that burger with a side of E. Coli, thank you very much. Cargill Meat Solutions, based out of Fort Morgan, CO, notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service after it was discovered that 26,000 pounds of ground beef shipped to California and Colorado warehouses had “an association with” another meat product that was “presumptive positive” for E. coli contamination. In response, the USDA is recalling the potentially tainted meat, and urging California and Colorado residents who may have purchased the affected ground beef to either throw it out immediately, or return it for a refund.
According to the USDA news release, the affected ground beef products featured are “10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 93/7 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with “Use/Frz. By Sep 05” on the chub label and a “PACK DATE 08/16/2018” on the box label.” (See images below.)
The USDA has since updated the news release to include a list of retailers that stockedthe recalled beef. At this time, it appears the only California retailer was Safeway statewide.
If you’ve shopped at a Safeway recently and purchased ground beef, please check your fridges and freezers. Eating beef contaminated with E. coli can be a deadly mistake, especially for children and the elderly. Don’t think that just because you’re healthy that you can take the risk. E. coli doesn’t discriminate, and it’s just not worth it.
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Safer School Supplies: Shopping Guide.” U.S. PIRG. Retrieved 28 August 2018. https://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/Copy%20of%20USP_Toxics-report_Fall2018_PRINTv1b.pdf
“Sen. Schumer Raises Alarm About Toxic School Supplies.” WAMC. Retrieved 28 August 2018. http://www.wamc.org/post/sen-schumer-raises-alarm-about-toxic-school-supplies
“E. Coli Ground Beef Recall: Meat Was Shipped To CA Warehouses.” Agoura Hills Patch. Retrieved 28 August 2018. https://patch.com/california/agourahills/s/ghxo8/ground-beef-recalled-for-e-coli-was-shipped-to-ca-warehouses