FOOD RECALLS AND OUTBREAKS, WHAT’S THE MEANING ?

Recalls and Outbreaks

Recalls

Recent Recalls

Real-time notices of recalls and alerts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are listed in the widget. Click on items within the widget for more information on a specific recall or alert.

If the product details in the recall notice match the details on the food product you have at home, do not open or consume the product. Instead, do one of the following:

  • Return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.
  • Dispose of the product following the instructions provided in the recall notice to make sure no one will consume it.

Use the recalls widget on your website to notify your users about the latest food safety recalls and alerts. Click on the “Embed” button and copy and paste the code in your web page. When new alerts and recalls are issued, the widget will be automatically updated.

Food Safety Recalls

What is a Food Recall?

A food recall is when a food producer takes a product off the market because there is reason to believe that it may cause consumers to become ill. In some situations, government agencies may request a food recall. Food recalls may happen for many reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Discovery of organisms, including bacteria such as Salmonella or parasites such as Cyclospora.
  • Discovery of foreign objects such as broken glass or metal.
  • Discovery of a major allergen that does not appear on the product label.

What to Do with a Recalled Product

A food product that has been recalled due to a possible germ contamination or illness, can leave germs around your kitchen and contaminate surfaces, including the drawers and shelves in your refrigerator.

If you’ve already prepared a recalled food item in your kitchen or still have it in your refrigerator, it’s important to throw out the food and clean your kitchen.

  • Wash all cookware and utensils (including cutting boards) with hot soapy water.
  • Clear off counters and refrigerator drawers and shelves and wash them with hot soapy water.
  • Then wipe any surfaces, shelves, or drawers and rinse dishes and cookware with a sanitizing solution and let them air dry. You can use a diluted bleach solution (1 TBSP unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water).
  • Products recalled due to an undeclared allergen may be a risk for anyone in your household with an allergy to that substance. If the product has never been served, throw it away or return it for a refund. If the product has been served, wash with soap and water any surfaces – plates, pots and pans, utensils, and counters – with which the product may have had contact.

Learn more about how to clean your refrigerator because of a food recall.

Outbreaks

Recent Outbreaks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posts food safety alerts and investigation notices for multistate foodborne disease outbreaks. Click on the link below for a list of the latest outbreaks.

CDC Multistate Foodborne Disease Outbreaks

What Is an Outbreak?

A foodborne outbreak occurs when two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink. When an outbreak is detected, public health and regulatory officials work quickly to collect as much information as possible to find out what is causing it so they can take action to prevent more people from getting sick. This action includes warning the public when there is clear and convincing information linking illness to a contaminated food. Federal, state and local officials may investigate an outbreak, depending on how widespread it is.

Resources

Separate government agencies are responsible for protecting different segments of the food supply. Click on an agency’s page below to see more information on recalls and outbreaks. Your state or local public health agency may also list state-specific recalls and outbreak alerts on their websites.

CDC Foodborne Outbreaks

FDA Recalls, Outbreaks & Emergencies

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01 April, 2020

WORLD FOOD SAFETY DAY 2020, IN SPITE OF COVID-19

The second World Food Safety Day (WFSD) will be celebrated on 7 June 2020 to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage food borne risks, contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agriculture, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

Following the success of the first celebration in 2019, this year again WFSD reinforces the call to strengthen commitment to scale up food safety made by the Addis Ababa Conference and the Geneva Forum in 2019 under the umbrella of “The Future of Food Safety”.  WHO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is pleased to facilitate Member States efforts to celebrate the World Food Safety Day.

Under the theme “Food safety, everyone’s business”, the action oriented campaign will promote global food safety awareness and call upon countries and decision makers, the private sector, civil society, UN organizations and the general public to take action.

Food safety is a shared responsibility between governments, producers and consumers.  Everybody has a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not cause damages to our health.  Through the World Food Safety Day, WHO pursues its efforts to mainstream food safety in the public agenda and reduce the burden of foodborne diseases globally

Calls to action

1 – Ensure it’s safe – Government must ensure safe and nutritious food for all

2 – Grow it safe – Agriculture and food producers need to adopt good practices

3 – Keep it safe – Business operators must make sure food is safe

4 – Eat it safe: All consumers have a right to safe, healthy and nutritious food

5 – Team up for safety – Food Safety is a shared responsibility

 

Joint FAO/WHO World Food Safety Day Campaign page


Contact:

foodsafety@who.int

food-quality@fao.org

01 April 2020

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From Bamboo tooth brushes, through make-up remover to sanitary pads, your bathroom can look safe with no wastages that hinder or pollute the house

 

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