USDA will list retail stores receiving recalled meat

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer announced that beginning next month, USDA will begin listing retail stores receiving recalled meat and poultry. .

USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) will post on its Web site www.fsis.usda.gov a list of retail stores that receive products subject to Class I recalls, the highest risk category, generally within three to ten business days of issuing the recall release. A Class I recall is one that involves a reasonable probability of serious health consequences or death for those with weakened immune systems. Retail stores include supermarkets or other grocery stores, convenience stores, meat markets, wholesale clubs and supercenters. FSIS will not identify distribution centers, institutions or restaurants, since they prepare food for immediate consumption without packaging that is identifiable or available to consumers.

Recall announcements from FSIS always include the name of the establishment recalling the meat or poultry, the reason for the recall, a description of the recalled product, any identifying product codes, the recall classification and contact information at FSIS and the company involved. The additional information releasing the names of retail stores receiving recalled meat and poultry will improve the consumers' ability to identify and discard or return the products they may have purchased and may still have in their home by checking the list of stores and locations.
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