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New FDA Website Helps Consumers Track Food Recalls

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new website on April 4, 2011 to help consumers and the food industry better track food recalls.  The website - http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm - was created pursuant to a mandate in the Food Safety Modernization Act requiring the FDA to create a more user-friendly recall search engine.

The website combines data from news releases and other product recall announcements since 2009.  The information is organized by product brand name, product description, the recalling company, reason for the recall and whether the recall was voluntary or pursuant to a mandatory order.

The FDA is also looking for ways in which to better handle recalls and is considering hiring an outside firm to ensure that food companies resolve food recall issues and remove the recalled products from store shelves.  According to Michael Landa, acting director of the FDA's food center, the FDA plans to assemble an outbreak response team by this summer to better coordinate outbreaks by overseeing surveillance of the food industry, as well as response time after outbreaks, in order to determine the root cause of the food contamination.

According to the FDA, the agency consulted with stakeholder groups, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Consumers Union, Food Marketing Institute, Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Pew Health Group, and Safe Tables Our Priority in order to gain insight on how to most effectively and easily communicate recall information to consumers.

The experienced Illinois product liability attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting consumers from defective products and tainted food.  If your or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective product, including contaminated food, contact one of our Chicago area personal injury attorneys to discuss a possible product liability or wrongful death claim.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.

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