Recalls and Public Health Alerts

The U.S. Department of Food & Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service protects the public’s health by ensuring the safety of meat, poultry and egg products.

FSIS is part of a science-based national system to ensure food safety and food defense. FSIS ensures food safety through the authorities of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act, as well as humane animal handling through the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.

The USDA uses three levels of recall classifications:

This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Their “framework to success” includes:

Prevent Foodborne Illness

Protect public health by preventing contamination in regulated products.

Modernize Inspections Systems

Adopt innovative approaches to improve safety and humane handling based on science & data.

Achieve Operational Excellence

Maintain a well-trained and engaged workforce, and improve processes and services.
Go here to learn about recalls and public health alerts.

Source: U.S. Department of Food & Agriculture Food “Recalls and Public Health Alerts” website. Accessed August 18, 2021.

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