Food Safety Recalls

What is a Food Recall?

Food recalls occur when a food producer takes a product off the market because there is reason to believe that it may cause consumers to become ill.  These recalls may happen for many reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Discovery of organisms, including bacteria such as salmonella or parasites such as cyclospora.
  • Discovery of foreign objects such as broken glass or metal.
  • Discovery of a major allergen that does not appear on the product label.

What to do with a Recalled Product

If you’ve already prepared a recalled food item in your kitchen or still have it in your refrigerator, it’s important to throw out the food and clean your kitchen.

  • Wash all cookware and utensils (including cutting boards) with hot soapy water
  • Clear off counters and refrigerator drawers and shelves and wash with hot soapy water
  • Wipe any surfaces, shelves, or drawers and rinse dishes and cookware with a sanitizing solution and let them air dry.  You can use a diluted bleach solution (1 TBSP per 1 gallon of water).
  • Products recalled due to an undeclared allergen may be a risk for anyone in your household with an allergy to that substance.  If the product has never been served, throw it away or return it for a refund.  If the product has been served, wash with soap and water any surfaces – plates, pots/pans, utensils, and counters – with which the product may have had contact.