WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECALLED FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN

WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECALLED FOOD IN YOUR KITCHEN

What to do if you recalled food in your kitchen

There is no doubt that recalling food is a problem. Consumers trust producers who produce and grow food that issafe to eat. But those memories also give us strength. Food manufacturers and testers are getting better at identifying potential problems. This means they can detect potential contamination before it affects large consumers - or any consumers at all. Brands can also learn from these mistakes and implement new food safety measures to improve their processes and protect customers. 

If you notice that you have recall food kitchen, don't panic. Take these steps to protect yourself, your family, your pets, and others, and get your money back.

Educate yourself  

First, the good news: Most food recalls are not caused by bacteria, such as E.coli or Listeria. In fact, most of the recalls are associated with potentially harmful foreign substances (iron or plastic shavings) or unusual substances (milk, peanuts, eggs). Some recalls are also precautionary; the company may find that the inspection standards are not being followed properly and, for the safety of its customers, it wants to recall the food.
 
And now the bad news: Not all food recalls get national attention. Recalls of romaine lettuce, flour, and ground turkey have made headlines in the past because the recall was large and people were getting sick. However, smaller recalls happen every day and rarely as part of public service  campaign to raise awareness. 

To better understand each food recall, visit the Food and Drug administration (FDA) Recall, Product Recall, and Safety Alert pages. There you can read all the recall issuesd released in recent years. That page will tell you the brand name, product name, and the reason for the recall. You can also check the detailed recall level, which will give you the information you need to identify the foods that have been properly recalled (production date, for example) and what to do with them. 

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Stop eating the food

Do not eat any food that has been recalled. Even if a product is recalled as a precautionary measure, it's better to avoid it and know it's better for you than to eat it and worry. If a food is recalled because of an undeclared allergy, such as milk, but no one in your family is allergic to milk, you can safely eat the food . It is wise to listen to what the company remembers. Also, do not give the food to anyone else, or give it to pets. If it is not good for you to eat, it is not for any other human or animal.

 Keep food closed
 
You can't see, smell or taste food-borne pathogens like E. coli and Listeria. But you can spread bacteria from contaminated food all over your kitchen if you open the food and touch it.
 
If you must use food for disposal, such as green leafy vegetables in produce storage bags, take some safety precautions once you dispose of the food. Wash your hands with warm water and soap. Also wash anything that has food in it. Washing at high temperatures in the dishwasher can kill bacteria more than hand washing alone.

Follow the instructions
 
With any food recall, companies are required to advise consumers about what to do with the food. The company will recommend that you do one of two things:
 

  •  Throw away food immediately. Wrap it in plastic wrap to prevent other animals or people from getting it.
  •  Return the product to the store of purchase for a refund. If you can't get into the store, lose the food. 

Clean your kitchen
 
Once the food is out of your house, it's time to give your refrigerator a good cleaning. Additionally, use disinfectant or bleach and paper towels to clean your kitchen, especially the preparation or cooking areas. 

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Watch out for food recalls in the future
 
For future recalls, continue to check the FDA's notices page. You can also sign up for delivery notifications, which will be sent to you by email with every new reminder or collection. (As a warning, this happens frequently, so your inbox will be active.)

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