Food Recall Resources

Here in the U.S., we enjoy one of the safest, most abundant and affordable food supplies in the world.  Our food safety system is designed to protect the health and wellbeing of everyone.  However, we do experience unfortunate incidences where food enters our food supply that is somehow contaminated and unsafe for sale or consumption.  Whenever these incidences occur, our regulatory, industry and retail partners act quickly to resolve any microbiological, chemical, physical and biological hazards that may occur in food and beverage processing – whether naturally occurring or from packaging.  In many instances, a food is recalled due to contamination.  In the event of a food recall it is important to follow recall basics which include:

  • Do not eat the product.
  • Do not provide the product to others (e.g., do not give to food banks, pets, etc.).
  • Dispose of the product carefully; following the recommendations from the company or government agency.
  • Do not puncture or otherwise open the product.
  • Wash your hands with warm, soapy water after handling the product.
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“The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of consuming a recalled product is to pay attention to the media and follow the specific directions provided by the company recalling product or the government agency whether it be the USDA or the FDA.  Following their guidance can help you figure out if you have purchase a potentially unsafe product and how to dispose of it."

Extension Specialist, Renee Boyer, PhD, Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech.

Please refer to the following links for more information on specific recalled products.
NOTE: The International Food Information Council Foundation posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. The IFIC Foundation does not endorse either the product or the company.

FDA: Voluntary Recall Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product Due to Ingredient Supplier's Out-of-Standard Storage Temperatures

FSIS: Missouri Firm Recalls Chicken Nugget Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

FDA: Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Listeria monocytogenes Contamination in Ready to Eat Products

FDA: Voluntary Recall Due to Possible E. Coli 0121 Contamination of Frozen Pizza and other Frozen Products

FDA: Voluntary Recell Due to Undeclared Milk in Gluten Free Baking Mixes

FDA: Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Contamination with Escherichia coli O121 Bacteria 

FDA: Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Adulteration of Fruit and Grain Salad with Listeria monocytogenes

FDA: Voluntary Recall of Two Products Due to Glass Fragments

Candian Food Inspection Agency: Health Hazard Alert Various RAW BEEF Products May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

FDA: Voluntary Recall of Almond and Peanut Butter

FDA: Recall of Ricotta Salata for Possible Health Risk

North Carolina Farm Recalls Athena Cantaloupes

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

General recall Information:

FDA:  General Recall Information

Recalls & Alerts

IFIC Foundation:  Consumer’s Guide to Food Safety