New smartphone app alerts consumers to recall info

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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 USA.gov 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 USA.gov website. The new Mobile Apps store at USA.gov 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
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