Food recalls can cause public panic, especially within certain demographics such as children, pregnant women, older adults, and people suffering from certain serious diseases. Recalls are sometimes issued out of an abundance of caution, mislabeling of products, or a concern about a possible allergen. However, in some cases recalls can result from reports of people getting food poisoning or other food-borne bacterial or viral diseases as a result of contaminated foods.
What is a Recall?
A food recall is a voluntary action by a manufacturer or distributor to remove food from the market if it is believed that the food will cause illness or death. While the recall is voluntary, if there is a problem identified by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the manufacturer or distributor can be forced to issue a recall or the Food Safety and Inspection Service may seize the goods. The Food Safety and Inspection Service then follows up after a recall is issued to ensure that the recall is effective.
Can Recalls Ever Signal a Positive Change?
In 2015 there has been a reported increase in recalls of organic food. The reported recalls of organic food account for seven percent of food recalled, up from about one percent in 2013. While some may look at this increase as a sign that organic food is more dangerous than non-organic food, it is also a positive sign to others. This is because the increase in organic food recalls can be attributed to an overall increase in supply of organic food, which can be linked to an increased consumer demand for organic foods. Organic food is not likely inherently more dangerous, it is simply more readily available. The large scale commercialization of the organic farm that has come about in part due to the increased demand may also account for the increase in recalled organic food. Since a larger farm is able to grow more food and reach a greater market, any concern with produce from the farm would result in a larger recall.
Therefore, the increased recall numbers are somewhat proportionately rising with the rise in availability. Whether the increased demand is due to better marketing by organic food producers, or an increase in consumer awareness of the benefits of organic food, an increased demand is a positive thing for business people in the food industry.
The bottom line is that whether it is organic or non-organic, you should be careful when handling food and pay attention to national food recalls. It will not always be possible to avoid all contaminants in food, but you can take some basic food preparation guidelines that can help keep you safe. You can find out more information about food safety and recalls from the government website foodsafety.gov.
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