Almost 18.7m pounds of products recalled in 2014 – USDA-FSIS

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Recalls increased from the year before
Recalls increased from the year before

Related tags: Escherichia coli, Foodborne illness

Almost 18.7m pounds of products were recalled last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

In a summary of recall cases, the agency said 94 recalls were noted – this was up from 75 in 2013.

Undeclared allergens caused 43 recalls, Listeria Monocytogenes (7) STEC (5), Salmonella (4), extraneous material (6), processing defect (4).

STEC includes recalls due to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). STEC organisms include E. coli O157:H7, O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145.

Other, which accounted for 23 recalls, includes producing without inspection, failure to present for import inspection, and labeling issues, among others.

Poultry, which includes egg products, was responsible for 31 recalls, pork (26), beef (22), mixed (14) and ovine (1).

Class I recalls totalled 63, Class II made up 23 and Class III were eight.

A Class I recall involves a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death, Class II involves a remote probability of adverse health consequences and Class III means eating the food will not cause adverse health consequences.

Related topics: Food safety and labeling

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