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Warning: Nearly 230,000 Pounds of SPAM Were Just Recalled

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Beware of sharp objects in your SPAM. More than 228,000 pounds of the canned meat product are being recalled after customers found pieces of metal in their tins, the Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says four customers complained about biting into metal, and “minor oral injuries" were reported. The 12-ounce cans in question were produced on one particular day in February at the Hormel Foods plant in Fremont, Nebraska. Only the “classic” variety of SPAM is being removed from store shelves.

If you bought a can of SPAM from Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s Wholesale Club, you’re in the clear because none of those stores are part of the recall, according to Hormel.

To find out if your SPAM is safe to eat, check the bottom of the tin. Throw it out or return it if it contains the establishment number “EST.199N," a February 2021 expiration date, and one of the following production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888, or F020889.

Hawaii—whose residents consume the most SPAM per capita in the U.S.—was not among the 31 states affected by the recall, according to Honolulu’s KHON-TV. For the full list of affected states, you can read an update from Hormel here.

[h/t NBC News]

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Bibo Barmaid Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails—and You Can Buy It Now
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Bibo Barmaid

To make great-tasting cocktails at home, you could take a bartending class, or you could just buy a fancy gadget that does all the work for you. Imbibers interested in the hands-off approach should check out Bibo Barmaid, a cocktail maker that works like a Keurig machine for booze.

According to Supercall, all you need to turn the Bibo Barmaid system into your personal mixologist is a pouch of liquor and a pouch of cocktail flavoring. Bibo's liquor options include vodka, whiskey, rum, and agave spirit (think tequila), which can be paired with flavors like cucumber melon, rum punch, appletini, margarita, tangerine paloma, and mai tai.

After choosing your liquor and flavor packets, insert them into the machine, press the button, and watch as it dilutes the mixture and pours a perfect single portion of your favorite drink into your glass—no muddlers or bar spoons required.

Making cocktails at home usually means investing in a lot of equipment and ingredients, which isn't always worth it if you're preparing a drink for just yourself or you and a friend. With Bibo, whipping up a cocktail isn't much harder than pouring yourself a glass of wine.

Bibo Barmaid is now available on Amazon for $240, and cocktail mixes are available on Bibo's website starting at $35 for 18 pouches. The company is working on rolling out its liquor pouches in liquor stores and other alcohol retailers across the U.S.

[h/t Supercall]

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An Eco-Friendly Startup Is Converting Banana Peels Into Fabric for Clothes
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A new startup has found a unique way to tackle pollution while simultaneously supporting sustainable fashion. Circular Systems, a “clean-tech new materials company,” is transforming banana byproducts, pineapple leaves, sugarcane bark, and flax and hemp stalk into natural fabrics, according to Fast Company.

These five crops alone meet more than twice the global demand for fibers, and the conversion process provides farmers with an additional revenue stream, according to the company’s website. Fashion brands like H&M and Levi’s are already in talks with Circular Systems to incorporate some of these sustainable fibers into their clothes.

Additionally, Circular Systems recycles used clothing to make new fibers, and another technology called Orbital spins those textile scraps and crop byproducts together to create a durable type of yarn.

People eat about 100 billion bananas per year globally, resulting in 270 million tons of discarded peels. (Americans alone consume 3.2 billion pounds of bananas annually.) Although peels are biodegradable, they emit methane—a greenhouse gas—during decomposition. Crop burning, on the other hand, is even worse because it causes significant air pollution.

As Fast Company points out, using leaves and bark to create clothing may seem pretty groundbreaking, but 97 percent of the fibers used in clothes in 1960 were natural. Today, that figure is only 35 percent.

However, Circular Systems has joined a growing number of fashion brands and textile companies that are seeking out sustainable alternatives. Gucci has started incorporating a biodegradable material into some of its sunglasses, Bolt Threads invented a material made from mushroom filaments, and pineapple “leather” has been around for a couple of years now.

[h/t Fast Company]

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