FDA Food Safety Recalls

Information Hub

FoodSafety.gov serves as a central resource for food safety and recall information, pooling data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the USDA primarily regulates meat and poultry, both entities contribute to the platform, offering comprehensive guidance on food safety measures.

Outbreak Investigations

The FDA's Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) Network takes charge of conducting outbreak investigations, aiming to swiftly address and manage food-related health threats.

Understanding Food Recalls

A food recall is initiated when there's a concern that a particular food item might cause illness among consumers. This recall process is typically initiated by the food manufacturer or distributor to remove the potentially harmful products from the market. Government agencies like the USDA or FDA may also request recalls in certain circumstances.

Reasons for Food Recalls

Several factors prompt food recalls, including:

Presence of Harmful Organisms

Identification of organisms in a product that could potentially cause illness in consumers.

Allergen Discovery

Detection of allergens not listed on the label, which may pose risks to individuals with allergies to those specific ingredients like nuts or eggs.

Mislabeling or Misbranding

Instances where the labeling inaccurately represents the product's contents, potentially leading to unintentional consumption of harmful substances by consumers.

Understanding these reasons for recalls underscores the importance of rigorous quality control and accurate labeling in the food industry, ensuring consumer safety and preventing adverse health effects.

Contact Information

For further inquiries about the Uncas Health District, interested parties can contact the Director of Health at (860) 823-1189.

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