A food recall occurs when there is reason to believe that a food may cause consumers to become ill. A food manufacturer or distributor initiates the recall to take foods off the market.
Some of the most common reasons foods are recalled include:
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 the local grocery store, or online on company or government websites.
Match identifying details such as product name, brand, UPC or product code, and product weight or size with the recall notice details. For a better idea of what exactly to look for depending upon the type of recalled food, see Recall Basics from BeFoodSafe.org.
If the product details don't match the recall notice details then there is no need to be concerned or to take action.
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.
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 is why it is important to identify the brand and product name, and also the code, size, and dates to confirm that it is the product that was really recalled.