Food Recall Safety Tips

In recognition of National Food Safety Education Month, we at would like to share some Food Recall Safety Tips per the following:

Step 1: Don’t panic!
Most food recalls are not associated with a food illness outbreak, and many recalls are issued because there is a potential for the food to be contaminated. Often, food manufacturers issue a recall as a precautionary measure.

Step 2: Don’t eat the food.
Even though the food product may be recalled as a precaution, do not eat it! It’s always better to be safe than sorry. And please don’t give the food to other people (do not donate it to a food bank). Don’t feed it to your pets, either, because pets can get food poisoning, too.

o However, proactively seek medical help if you or someone you know consumed food associated with an illness recall. Don’t wait until you, or someone else starts to feel sick.

• Step 3: Don’t open the food.
Resist the temptation to open the food and check it. You can’t see, smell, or taste the bacteria or viruses that cause food illnesses. If you do open or handle the product, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for 20 seconds after handling it.

• Step 4: Check the recall notice to find out what to do with the food.
When a manufacturer recalls a food product, they provide instructions on what to do with the product. Typically, the instructions will indicate that you need to do one of the following:

o Return the product to the store where you bought it for a refund.
o Dispose of the product properly so that other people or animals cannot eat it. (This is particularly important if you opened the product.)

Note: Always thoroughly wash your hands after handling any recalled food product.

There is additional information on-line including a hotline and signing up for alerts of food recalls and other related issues by visiting both the USDA’s meat and poultry hotline page, FDA’s food recall page and foodsafety

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