The FDA makes food recalls and alerts more accessible with new archive

Some, however, worry about the impact this will have in provoking mass hysteria. There are already reports surfacing of traces of radioactive isotopes in American- produced foods stemming from the recent horrors in Japan. I can see the crazed conspirator now, compulsively checking the website and triple-checking their grocery store shelves. But better safe than sorry, eh?

Our food world is changing every day. Scientists are working with food in ways Orwell never even conceived and shortages are demanding new methods of production and distribution every moment. This constantly changing world will have its fair share of stumbles, and we as consumers should remained informed of the trials and errors.

Let’s just not get too crazy about it.

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In order to satisfy the food safety law that President Obama signed in January, the FDA launched its newly renovated website devoted to archiving the history of food recalls. The home page sites all recalls for food, drugs, animal health, biologics, and medical devices within the last 60 days, all recalls prior to that, going as far back as 2004, are searchable in the Recall and Safety Alerts Archive section of the website.

This is a valuable resource that will certainly prove useful for a variety of reasons.

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