Every once in a while, headlines will abound concerning foods recalled or deemed unsafe by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the summer of 2010, for example, egg manufacturers were forced to recall millions of eggs containing salmonella contamination. In light of such hazards, one must be prudent and aware of what is safe to eat and what is not.

The FDA

Most large scale recalls are covered by traditional media. Local and national newspapers as well as television news generally do a good job of keeping the public informed of about large scale health related issues concerning meat and produce. However, in order to keep up to date and ensure that you do not miss anything, the best and most accurate place to look for food recalls and alerts is the official FDA website. Go to http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ for details concerning most recent and important developments in food safety. The site presents an easy month by month calendar detailing all developments, alerts, and recalls in the food production industries. You can search for past recalls and stay abreast of ongoing developments dealing with food safety.

The USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is another good place to look for news concerning food production. USDA.gov is a good source of news and information concerning food production and distribution, and also contains helpful information concerning the preparation and storage of food, nutrition, and laws and regulations relating to food production and distribution.

Egg Safety

For information about the recent problems concerning egg production eggsafetycenter.org lists all contaminated eggs, brands, and regions that have been affected by salmonella in the egg industry.

Other Resources

Another good resource that amalgamates various federal food monitoring services can be found at FoodSafety.gov. FoodSafety.gov has a helpful “Recalls and Alerts” box on the home page that does an excellent job of keeping readers abreast of any news regarding hazardous foods. Moreover, FoodSafety also has various charts and information about how to store and prepare food, as well as an overview of all government food regulations. Recalls.gov is another helpful site that amalgamates the various government regulatory industries that manage food safety.

An Overview of Online Resources

  • USDA.gov
  • fda.gov/safety/recalls
  • FoodSafety.gov
  • eggsafetycenter.org
  • Recalls.gov