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Increase in Food Recall Numbers in Last Quarter of 2012
An analysis of product recalls in the United States finds that quarterly food recall numbers actually reached a two-year high during the last quarter of 2012. According to an analysis by ExpertRecall, a firm that tracks and monitors product recalls inside the country, the food recalls that were recorded by the Food And Drug Administration in 2012 touched a two-year high during the last 3 months of last year.
That works out to approximately 6 food recalls every day, involving more than 18.4 million products. That was more than double the units that were recalled the previous quarter.
There was worse news for food poisoning lawyers. Not only were there more numbers of food recalls in the last quarter of 2012, but the classification of these recalls was also much higher.
For instance, at least 94% of the foods that were recalled in the last quarter of 2012, were classified as Class I recalls. A class I recall is only announced when the units that are being recalled have a potential for causing serious health consequences, including fatality.
Approximately 165 of the recalls that were announced in the last quarter of 2012 were related to a plant that processed nut products. As food poisoning lawyers would have expected, Salmonella-related concerns were the number one reason for the announcement of food recalls. This was followed by the presence of undeclared allergens in food products and other allergen concerns.
The Food and Drug Administration has also increased its enforcement activities, and is now preparing pressure on companies to announce recalls. That kind of enforcement activity is expected to increase as the agency moves forward with implementation of the provisions contained in the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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