As consumers become more health-conscious with their food choices, it is important to note that food-safety is still a major concern. When it comes to food recalls, the best we can do is stay current and keep tabs on which products are recalled from the FDA’s website, as even the healthiest of options may fall victim to a nation-wide recall.
While food may be recalled for a variety of reasons, the most common issue concerns bacterial contamination. Salmonella has been most prominent bacteria behind many of the latest food recalls that made headlines.
Notable Food Recalls in March 2015:
1. Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts recalled due to salmonella
2. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese recalled due to metal pieces
3. Blue Bell Ice Cream and Pops recalled due to listeria monocytogenes
4. Natural Grocers Garlic Powder recalled due to salmonella
5. Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Almonds recalled due to undeclared peanuts
The above list refers to only a few of the recalls in the current month of March. Another common reason for recalls is undeclared food products. The metal pieces found in boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, however, made the news because of the rarity of metal found in food products. Unlike the issue of bacteria or a failure to declare the correct ingredients, the presence of metal poses choking hazards. In general, any company behind such recalls may also be the subject of litigation if consumers suffered from illness or injury as a result of food contamination or other food safety issues.
Food safety expert witnesses would be an integral part of a court case, as the food and agricultural industry operates on many levels, requiring an extensive knowledge of how the food ends up from the farm to the factory, and to your plate. Agriculture, FDA regulations, and toxicity are just a few of the many relevant subjects in the topic of food recalls, which would be in the professional background of many experts offered by ForensisGroup. The use of a food safety or FDA expert is also helpful for food manufacturers during the investigative stage of recalls because an consultant can provide objective expert opinions on the causation.
So when it comes to your health and the food you eat, be aware, research before you buy, and stay healthy! To check on recent recalls, visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/.