Keeping up with all the product recalls that can affect you and your family is an involved but necessary chore. Ignoring recalls can put yourself and your whole family’s health at immediate risk, especially with recalls involving food and other agricultural products.Just recently, E. coli and salmonella concerns have prompted the FDA to issue a voluntary recall of over 200 million eggs and 8,757 pounds of prepackaged salad believed to contain contaminated romaine lettuce. You don’t want your loved ones anywhere near that stuff!Thankfully, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a website devoted to informing the public about recall alerts and warnings issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).The FSIS is the USDA are responsible for the safety and proper labeling of meat, poultry and egg products sold in the U.S. The same agency also ensures and investigates the safety of public restaurants and other food-related outlets.
FSIS Current Recalls and AlertsFood recalls can be triggered by the following:
- A food manufacturer, importer or distributor discovers a potential food safety issue in its products and voluntarily reports it to the FDA, USDA or FSIS.
- A food product fails sampling tests by the FDA, USDA or FSIS.
- The FDA, USDA or FSIS discovers a health risk upon investigation of a food manufacturer or importer’s facility.
- A certain disease or illness is suspected to be linked to a particular food product. In this case, local state health departments contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who then alerts the FSIS for a recall.
- the food establishment
- manufacturer or importer
- the items and the number of products involved
- the affected areas
- nature of the recall
- reported victims (if any)
- recommendations for the consumer