Food or Product Recall? There’s an App for That

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Popular technology will now help Americans verify what they eat is safe. The U.S. Government’s Products Recall app for the Android smartphone is now available at the revamped USA.gov website, and the apps for Blackberry and iPhone are soon to follow.

“Alerting consumers quickly to food and product recall information through this technology can prevent untold illness and save lives,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Instead of trying to find recalls on many different websites at home, consumers who download this tool can use technology to make informed decisions even before they put a product in their grocery cart or open the package to prepare a meal for their family.”

The app was unveiled by the General Services Administration as part of the new mobile app store on the updated USA.gov website. The new Mobile Apps store at USA.gov will collect all in one place the mobile applications developed throughout the federal government.

Using information from several agencies across the government, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Products Recall app for smartphones is a powerful tool that will help reduce foodborne illness and enhance the lives of Americans. It puts information about any recalled products – including foods – at consumers’ fingertips.

The app allows consumers to view the most recent recall press releases and any pictures associated with those products. Consumers can get information of specific interest to them using a feature on the app that searches recalled products by product name or category.

The app’s “report incident” feature allows consumers to connect directly with their government to report concerns of unsafe products. A “tips” option will feature rotating educational messages for consumers about a variety of products, such as highlighting safe food handling tips as popular cooking holidays approach …

Read all of this story from the USDA.

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2 Responses

  1. Avatar Doug Bennett says:

    Too bad the USDA is not doing its job of actually protecting us from the practices that create the tainted food products fed to us on a daily basis. Many times the recalls come too late and much of the time the tainted products for the most part continue to be fed to consumers, and are in fact only recalled on paper. Do some research on your own. The school purchasing system has rejected infected products while the USDA allows Mc Donald's, Taco Bell, Burger King and other fast food outlets to sell it to you and your children. Buy only local grass fed beef and organic poultry supplied at local retailers like The Orchard if you want to be safe. We have several great suppliers of good meat and local organic produce. Why take a chance eating food that is 80% untested GMO corn products? I have stopped eating any fast food, and feeling better all the time. Our food system is compromised! The sooner we boycott fast food the sooner they will start providing healthy food. Rant over.

  2. Avatar Karen C says:

    Not a rant…wise words…..already doing it and have been for a long time!