About Food Recalls

What causes a food recall?

Some of the most common reasons foods are recalled include:

How do I find out about food recalls?

In cooperation with the regulating government agency, food recalls are typically issued by the company that makes or distributes the food. Recall notices can be found in the news, at your local grocery store, or online on company or government websites.

How do I identify a recalled product in my home?

Match identifying details such as product name, brand, UPC or product code, and product weight or size with the recall notice details. If the product details don't match the recall notice details then there is no need to be concerned or to take action.

What do I do if I find a recalled product in my home?

If you or your family doesn't have food allergies, you may choose to keep and eat a product that was recalled because of allergen concerns. To be safe, write or make a note on the product saying why it was recalled just in case a guest with food allergies comes over to eat.

What is an expanded recall?

Occasionally recalls are expanded to include additional products as more information is gathered. For example, say peanuts processed at a certain facility are recalled. Further investigation finds that the peanuts were shipped elsewhere and used as an ingredient in multiple products. The recall would then expand and include all these other products.

If a certain product is recalled, are all other related products bad?

No, the recall of one product does not mean all forms of that product are a potential problem. Recalls can be very limited and specific. That's why it's important to identify the brand and product name, and also the code, size, and dates to confirm you have a product that really is recalled.

Who do I contact if I have questions about recalled products?

Who do I contact if I think I have a foodborne illness?

To report a suspected foodborne illness, contact your local health department.

Content Source: Food Safety Program