Recently, there have been a number of stories about food recalls, from the Today Show to social media. You may have heard about them at some point during your busy day, but, just in case, here’s what you may have missed.
It’s important to be aware when a food recall is happening. But it’s equally important to know what to do during a food recall. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your family safe during a food recall.
- Don’t panic. Not all food recalls are a major threat to your health and safety. It’s important to check www.foodsafety.gov for latest information about food recalls.
- Don’t eat the food. And please don’t donate it, give it to someone else, or feed it to a pet.
- Don’t open the food, even if it’s just to take a photo to share in Facebook or Twitter. If you do open it, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.
- Check the recall notice to find out what to do with the food. You might be best advised to return the product, or dispose of it properly.
What else did you miss?
If you have this product in your home, be sure to check the “affected code dates” to determine whether the product is actually being recalled. This will help you determine what steps to take to be safe. Look for and identify specific photos of the recalled product. The most recent examples are listed on the FDA Food Recall Flickr page.