With the news of this recent egg recall, folks around the nation are suddenly a whole lot more attuned to food recalls. Food recalls happen a lot more often than people are even probably aware of in the United States unless you live in an area where a recall has affected a product you’ve bought, unless you work in the industry where this product is used, or unless you troll around the FDA website. Food recalls are important to take heed of; unless you think you and your family are somehow immune to the ravages of food poisoning.
What Constitutes a Food Recall: Many may wonder; what exactly constitutes a food recall? Why would the government issue a food recall which could upset so many and cost so much money? we go to the website of the law firm, Faegre & Benson (1) for some clarity on the subject. “Under the requirements of the FDAA, a food facility registered with the FDA must submit a report on the registry when it learns of a reportable food article. A reportable food article is defined as ‘any article of food (other than infant formula) for which there is a reasonable probability that the use of, or exposure to, such article of food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals.'”
What Causes a Food Recall: We live in the 21st Century; there is plenty of information available to individuals and finding out this information is fairly easy. However many may wonder how is it possible that food recalls are even able to happen in this day and age? Often times it’s the food manufacturers, producers, or distributors themselves who will first become aware of the food recall need and will first act on it. For good reason; legal action can be swift and severe if the waiting game is played “Food facilities must report a food article that meets this definition within 24 hours or face potential felony charges. The FDA may require food facilities to notify both their upstream and downstream suppliers/customers of the reportable food article.””
Food Recall, Snowball Effect, and the Law of Unintended Consequences: As stated earlier food recalls happen a lot more than people may even be aware in America. That’s because food recalls can be usually caught before they snowball. For something like this recent egg recall though; snowball is exactly what happened. But did you know that during the same week (8/17-8/25) that the egg recall was hitting states from Minnesota to California that there were smaller recalls (2) of Slim 30 Herb Supplement (3), Mr. Magic Male Enhancer (4),Moonstruck Chocolate Company (5), Austinuts Wholesale Pistachio Kernel Products (6), Natural Wellness Masxtreme Capsules Dietary Supplement (7), and Azteca Linda Corp Queso Fresco and Queso Hebra products (8)? No? you didn’t? That is probably because Mr. Magic Male Enhancer and Azteca Queso Fresco products are not as prevalent as eggs in your home. However, just because a safety recall is smaller (and sometimes voluntary) does not mean that you shouldn’t pay attention.
Safety recalls happen all the time in American and around the world. Citizens should always remain vigilant towards any adverse actions happening in the world of food safety.