New FDA Food Recall Site

By Linda Dailey Paulson

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently unveiled a new food recall website, which was mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The new site is reportedly easier for consumers to use now that the information is presented in a tabular format.

The new site site offers recall information that is sorted by date, product brand name, product description, the reason for the recall, and the company announcing the recall. If available, links to the FDA news release regarding the recall are available, as are additional details plus any photos and other details. The information also specifies whether the recall is ongoing or completed.

The FDA said it consulted with several stakeholder groups to redesign the website. These organizations included the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumers Union, Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Pew Health Group and Safe Tables Our Priority. The agency is still reportedly soliciting public comments to be used for additional improvements:

“We welcome the suggestions of those with first-hand experience in communicating information to consumers about food recalls,” Mike Taylor, the agency’s deputy commissioner for foods, said in a statement. “We intend to continue to reach out to stakeholders as we make additional improvements in sharing recall information.”

US Recall News welcomes the new FDA website, but would like to remind consumers that our alerts include food recalls and drug recalls from the FDA, as well as auto and consumer product recalls, and food recalls from the USDA.

The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law January 4. The FDA was given 90 days to launch the improved website. The site also has information related to other FDA-regulated product recalls, including drugs, biologics, veterinary products and medical devices.

Additionally, the act provided the FDA with the ability to enact product recalls for items other than infant formula on its own authority. It also gave the agency more access to safety procedural documents maintained by food manufacturers and requires manufacturers to keep more detailed food safety records.

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Linda Dailey Paulson is a veteran freelance writer and editor. She covers product safety issues for USRCN.

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