New smartphone app alerts consumers to recall...

New smartphone app alerts consumers to recall info

Popular technology will now help Americans verify what they eat is safe. The U.S. Government's Products Recall app for the Android smartphone is now available at the revamped website, and the apps for Blackberry and iPhone are soon to follow.

Alerting consumers quickly to food and product recall information through this technology can prevent untold illness and save lives, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Instead of trying to find recalls on many different websites at home, consumers who download this tool could use technology to make informed decisions even before they put a product in their grocery cart or open the package to prepare a meal for their family.

The app was unveiled by the General Services Administration as part of the new mobile app store on the updated website. The new Mobile Apps store at will collect all in one place the mobile applications developed throughout the federal government.

The app allows consumers to view the most recent recall press releases and any pictures associated with those products. Consumers can get information of specific interest to them using a feature on the app that searches recalled products by product name or category.

The app can be downloaded here
Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture