The Food and Drug Administration recently announced a change of how it will announce food recalls. It will now include the names and locations of each and every store where the recalled food was sold. According to the FDA, in some cases the food is not easily identified as being subject to a recall from its packaging, and store information could provide helpful to the consumer. In the past, shoppers did not know where the food came from.
The FDA previously chose not to name grocery stores and supermarkets where the recalled food was sold in order to avoid confusion between the product’s manufacturer or supplier and the store itself. Although shoppers could often correctly identify the defective food, in some cases recalled food does not have a name brand or a label.
The FDA in some cases in the past included information about where recalled foods were sold in order to help shoppers avoid an imminent risk of a widespread foodborne illness. It is not clear how the FDA will share the grocery store information going forward, but according to the agency, any recalls associated with serious health issues will now advertise the stores involved. There have been a number of critics of the agency who have pointed towards the increase in deadly food outbreaks in the past couple of years, and this policy may be aimed at keeping more Americans safe from tainted food.
As a consumer, you have the right to purchase food that is safe for consumption. If you consume unsafe food and you are harmed as a result, you have the right to compensation for your damages. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.