In January, President Barack Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which called for a more user-friendly recall search engine. That new search engine is now online and available to everyone. It allows you to search for recalls of any product regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including:
- Dietary supplements
- Medical devices
- Animal and veterinary products
The new search site is located here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/
“Recalls, mandatory or otherwise, are serious and we must do everything possible to make it easier for people to know about these recalls so they can take all appropriate steps to protect themselves and their families,” said Mike Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods. “We encourage people to check out our new recalls search page for themselves, and use it whenever they have a question about a recall.”
All recalls can be found in an easy-to-read table, or consumers can search for a specific product. For example, a search of the word “Tylenol” returns a list of six recalls with specific product descriptions, the type of problem prompting the recall, and details of what to do and where to find more information.
The FDA has also released a terrific video about how to identify recalled products, including information about where to look for lot codes, plant numbers, expiration dates, and company contact information. To view this video, go here: FDA’s video about identifying recalled products
Go these websites and bookmark them for later use. The next time you’re worried that a recalled product might be in your refrigerator or medicine cabinet, you’ll know exactly where to turn for details.