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If You Have This in Your Medicine Cabinet, the FDA Says to Get Rid of It

One company's version of this first aid staple has an undisclosed ingredient that could prove fatal.

If one of your New Year's resolutions involves keeping your house cleaner, you might want to start by clearing out your medicine cabinet and not just for the sake of organization. According to a statement from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), one brand of rubbing alcohol is being recalled over serious—and potentially deadly—contamination concerns. Read on to discover if you should ditch the batch in your medicine cabinet right now. And for more news about your favorite products, check out If You Use This Mouthwash, the FDA Says to Stop Immediately.

In a Jan. 4 recall notice, the FDA revealed that Essaar Inc. had voluntarily recalled its bottles of Soho Fresh 70% Rubbing Alcohol, which were sold at stores throughout the U.S. The affected rubbing alcohol is being pulled from shelves due to contamination with methanol, exposure to which can lead to side effects including "nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death," according to the recall notice. The rubbing alcohol in question was packaged in clear 33.81-ounce plastic bottles and bears the lot number 200528303 and UPC 7502268987367.

The FDA states that, while ingestion of the product is most likely to lead to methanol poisoning, even topical use could cause the aforementioned side effects. Though there have not been any reported cases of illness or injury associated with the use of the affected batch of Soho Fresh rubbing alcohol, "consumers who have purchased this product should not open the package or use the contents," the FDA notice states. Anyone who has one of the bottles of rubbing alcohol subject to the recall in their possession is advised to return it to the point of purchase or contact Essaar Inc. directly for a refund. The FDA recommends that anyone who has experienced an adverse reaction related to the use of the recalled Soho Fresh rubbing alcohol get in touch with a medical professional and report their experience to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

Essaar Inc. isn't the only company that's had a high-profile recall recently—read on to discover if any of the products you have at home should be replaced ASAP. And if you're eager to protect yourself and your loved ones, check out If This Is in Your Kitchen, Your COVID Death Risk May Be Even Higher.

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Hampton Bay ceiling fans

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On Dec. 23, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the voluntary recall of approximately 182,000 Hampton Bay 54-inch Mara indoor/outdoor ceiling fans. The recalled fans, which came in five finishes and were sold exclusively through Home Depot, were pulled from the market after the fan's manufacturer received 47 reports of the fan's blades detaching, including two causing injury and one resulting in property damage. And for something you should check out in your fridge, know that If You Have These Meats in Your Fridge, Get Rid of Them Immediately.

Homfa cabinets

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If you purchased a Homfa cabinet on Amazon, you may be due a refund. The CPSC issued a Dec. 10 recall notice for approximately 6,375 of Homfa's HPV-087 and HPB-106 model cabinets, which were sold through Amazon between July 2019 and Sept. 2020, due to the risk of the cabinets falling if not properly anchored to a wall. Anyone with one of the cabinets at home is advised to discard it and contact Homfa for a refund. And if you want to stay safe, If You Bought These 2 Things From Target, Return Them Now.

Huffy UTVs

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That ride-on toy you got your kids this holiday might be destined for the return pile. On Dec. 2, the CPSC announced the voluntary recall of over 5,000 of Huffy's Torex 24V UTV ride-on toys due to a safety issue. According to the recall notice, Huffy received 36 reports of the toy riding off when its battery is reconnected after charging, though no injuries had been reported at the time of the recall. Anyone with one of the recalled UTVs can contact Huffy to receive a replacement controller. And for the most recent recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

InvoSpa electric blankets

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You'll want to check the tag on your electric blanket before cozying up to it, now that InvoSpa has recalled approximately 7,050 of its heated electric throw blankets. The blankets, which were sold exclusively through Amazon between Nov. 2019 and July 2020, were recalled after it was discovered that they can heat to dangerous temperatures, potentially causing burns or fires. As of the recall date, InvoSpa had received 26 reports of blankets overheating, including two injuries to users. Anyone with one of the affected blankets can contact InvoSpa for a full refund. And for a recall that could affect your fur babies, check out This Pet Food Has Killed Nearly 30 Dogs, FDA Warns.

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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