February 18, 2012

Arm and Hammer's Got Trouble

1 Spinbrush May Cause Choking, Teeth Damage

Some users of Arm and Hammer's Spinbrush have reported injuries caused by parts of the device popping off during use. The FDA says that the product, known as Crest Spinbrush before 2009, has caused chipped or broken teeth, cuts to the mouth and gums, injury to the face and eyes, and swallowing or choking on broken pieces. The potential for injury exists with Spinbrush for Kids, as well as several adult models. “In some cases, the brush head popped off to expose metal pieces underneath that can and have poked individuals in the cheek and areas near the eyes, causing injuries,” says Shumaya Ali, M.P.H., a consumer safety officer with the FDA. Brush heads should be replaced after three months, and the brush should be inspected for damage or loose bristles before use.

More at FDA | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day or Risk Heart Disease

Tags: Spinbrush Choking, Spinbrush Damages Gums, Spinbrush Chips Teeth, Toothbrushes to Avoid, Dangerous Toothbrushes, Worst Toothbrushes, Review Crest Spinbrush, Arm and Hammer Spinbrush

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As If Pigs Needed This Problem

2 Pigs Are Exploding in the Midwest

Hog farmers have started noticing a mysterious foam growing on top of their manure pits, leading to eventual explosions of barns. Minnesota Daily reports that thousands of hogs have died in exploding barns in recent years. The foam, which can reach up to 4 feet in height, traps methane gas. Farmers have been encouraged to fight the foam with water. Around six barns in the Midwest have exploded since the foam was first spotted in 2009. Frustrated researchers aren't sure what's causing the dangerous foam, but they've noticed a correlation between adding a product of ethanol production to livestock diets and the growth of foam. TreeHugger writes that when pigs start exploding, it's time for a rethink on our food system! Currently, the average pig production building holds 2,000 or more pigs.

More at Minnesota Daily | Hat tip to TreeHugger | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Exploding Pigs, Methane Gas Dangers, Foam on Manure Piles, Barn Explosions Midwest, Problems Food Production System

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