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What to do During a Food Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Oct 13th, 2009

A food recall is a serious issue to the public health. In a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year in the U.S. Of all these cases, more than 325,000 individuals are subject to hospitalization and approximately 5,000 deaths occur.

Did you know that improper handling, preparation, and storage of food can be some of the common causes of food recalls?

The Food and Drug Administration and the US Department of Agriculture share a common goal for food safety and issue food recalls to the public. The USDA has a special committee, the Food Safety and Inspection Service who inspects and regulates meats, poultry products, and eggs. The FDA is the operating committee over all food. Recall lists can be found on fda.gov.

So what are some of the symptoms consumers may experience before a food recall occur?

Illness can frequently occur before there is a food recall. The diagnosis of illness is done by testing the stool. Some of these symptoms include upset stomach, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration. More symptoms that are serious may include paralysis and meningitis. However, most food illnesses clear up after a few days pass by. The FDA issues food recalls when there is a wide spread of these illnesses throughout the country.

Rasansky Law firm is committed to being an advocate for individuals who suffer from serious illness or death related to food poisoning. Products listed on food recall lists are serious threats to your health. If you feel that a recalled food product has caused severe health problems, do not hesitate to fill out our free case evaluation form. Our team will gladly review the facts of your situation.