It is critical for firms in a product distribution chain to be recall ready. The FDA recommends that a firm prepares its operations in advance of when a recall may be required.
Trend and Analysis - Food and Beverage Recalls
Snack foods were the top category for recalls in the first two months of 2022. The top reason for snack foods being recalled was due to elevated levels of lead discovered in the product.
Another top category for recalls was fruits and vegetables that were recalled primarily for pathogens, predominantly Listeria monocytogenes.
Bakery products were recalled due to undeclared allergens and foreign material while dairy products were recalled for presence of pathogens.
Prepared foods were recalled for undeclared allergens.
Captured in the other category, infant formula was recalled for Salmonella.
Recent notable recalls
In February, numerous human foods and pet foods were recalled due to Salmonella contamination.
Several recalls were conducted in February due to the presence of elevated levels of lead, which is a regulatory violation.
Enoki mushrooms were the product implicated in four recalls due to Listeria monocytogenes in February.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 13 food and beverage recalls in January and 22 recalls in February. The US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported three recalls in January and four in February of 2022.
Product contamination with pathogens was the top reason for food and beverage recalls in the first two months of 2022 and accounted for about 36% of recalls. Recalls in the pathogen category were mostly related to the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.
Misbranded products due to undeclared allergens accounted for 30% of recalls through February 2022.
A number of recalls of snack foods in January and February were related to the presence of lead.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) carried out a total of 42 food and beverage recalls in the first two months of 2022. This represents an increase of 11% on the same period in 2021, when 38 recalls occurred.
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