FDA Makes Searching for Recalls a Cinch

Apr 11, 2011
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.

When President Obama pens something like the Food Safety Modernization Act, the average American probably wonders "What does that mean for me?"

As of last week, we have one real-life application.

In accordance with the act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has overhauled its previously chaotic site to reveal an easy-to-use search site that catalogs all recalls from food and medicine to veterinary products.

Click on the tab that applies to your search (food, drugs, animal health, etc—see below) and you'll see a list of recalls, which company produced the recalled product, and why it was recalled. Try it yourself here.

Image from FDA.gov.

Still unconvinced that this will impact your life?  Here's a few all-too-real examples of recent recalls.

February 2008: The largest beef recall in U.S. history  resulted in 143 million pounds of beef being retracted.

April 2010: A Texas firm recalled 1.7 million pound of beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products for possible salmonella.

May 2010: Retailers, grocers, and wholesalers in 23 U.S. states pulled romaine lettuce from shelves after an E. coli scare.

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