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Guida​nce for Recalls​​

Recalls.gov provides a comprehensive listing of recalls and alerts on all products including fo​ods.  Food recalls are divided into two groups:

  • Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products which are regulated by the USDA directly.

  • Other Foods (except Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products) which are regulated by the FDA.

Selecting the Food tab and then Food Recalls and Alerts transfers you to the page where the food group (FDA or USDA) can be selected and recall notices, in order of publication can be reviewed.

Recall notices normally provide three pieces of information on the recalled item:

  • Brand name of the product a​nd the pack size, frequently with pictures to the labels to aid in identification.

  • A means of identifying specifically the recalled items, typically a lot number, a manufacturing site identifier and/or a manufactured date or sell by date.

  • An indication of which States or retail outlets are involved in the recall.

If you believe you have a product that is part of a recall should use the recall notice to confirm your suspicion and follow the instructions in the recall notice for disposing of the product.  Do not eat food that is part of a recall.  If you are unsure what actions to take you can contact the Department of Health or your Local Health Department for assistance.