first_imgCosta Rica’s Health Ministry has issued a sanitary alert over several brands of alcohol that may be adulterated with deadly amounts of methanol.According to the alert, alcohol sold under the following labels may be adulterated: Guaro Montano; Aguardiente Barón Red; Aguardiente Timbuka; and Molotov Aguardiente.Authorities are investigating reports of at least eight deaths in June and July related to methanol poisoning.The Health Ministry says the Guaro Montano, Timbuka Aguardiente and Molotov Brandy brands have all been registered for legal sale in Costa Rica, suggesting vendors are — perhaps unknowingly — selling counterfeit products.The Health Ministry recommends the following:Do not consume Red Baron-branded alcohol. It is not part of Costa Rica’s sanitary registry and therefore may be dangerous.Do not consume or purchase Guaro Montano, Timbuka Aguardiente or Molotov Brandy until the health alert is lifted, unless you can verify it is the original product.Report to the Ministry of Health ([email protected]) if you have symptoms of methanol poisoning after consuming alcohol. Via the Health Ministry.According to the World Health Organization, a trace amount of methanol is common in fermented drinks. However, higher concentrations — such as when methanol is added deliberately to alcohol — can be deadly.Symptoms of methanol poisoning may not appear immediately. They include acute abdominal pain, acute headache and ataxia (lack of coordination of body movements), according to the Health Ministry.“After a variable period of time, victims start to develop headache, vomiting, abdominal pain and vertigo. They may start to hyperventilate and feel breathless,” WHO says. Editor’s note: A previous version of this story featured a different lead photo for illustrative purposes.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Vegetables grown near erupting Turrialba called safe to eat Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVF Costa Rica in sanitary alert due to respiratory illnesses Costa Rica steps up safety measures ahead of World Surfing Games in Jacólast_img read more

first_img Rep. Mark Huizenga announced help is on the way for Michigan farmers whose crops were devastated by record rains this spring.House Bill 4234 was signed into law by the governor this week. The bill provides $15 million to help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.“This plan provides real relief at a time of real crisis for an industry vitally important to all of Michigan,” said Huizenga, of Walker. “This season has been devastating to farmers, and this loan program will help many survive it.”Michigan had very few days suitable for field work this spring. From May 2018 to May 2019, this year was the wettest 12-month period on record. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds were planted as of June 12, which means yields will be low.  Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.##### Categories: Huizenga News,News 09Jul Rep. Huizenga: Loan program will help Michigan farmers blasted by this year’s record rainlast_img read more