10 Worst food safety recalls: tips to stay safe
Food Safety Atlanta
By Tracey Sandilands
How often do you see a news report about food recalls? Fairly often, if you live in the U.S., and usually the recall is accompanied by information about the reasons for it. Food safety is one of the critical issues affecting the agricultural and food industries. This means that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have a challenging time staying abreast of the production and distribution of potentially dangerous foods.
When and why food recalls take place
Foods can be recalled for several reasons. The most common of these are contamination, although this isn't always the case:
Most manufacturers in Atlanta are aware of food safety issues and initiate early recalls when a problem is discovered. Occasionally, government agencies initiate a recall based on customer complaints about a product. Sign up to receive alerts at FoodSafety.gov.
Worst food safety recalls in history
The top 10 worst food recalls in U.S. history are an interesting mix, with salmonella and E. coli contamination playing a role in seven of them.
Foods recalled because of salmonella were:
Foods recalled because of E. coli contamination included:
The other three of the top 10 recalls were:
Tips for staying safe
Food safety issues affect so many foods that it's impossible to avoid a specific item in the hope of staying safe. The secret is to ensure that you buy, store and prepare everything in a way that maximizes safety and freshness:
Follow these tips to keep your family healthy and ensure the safety of everything you eat.
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