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Food Recalls

Food recalls in the United States are an important part of the warning system against contaminated food. These recalls are a first line of defense against widespread illness and potentially death in the event that food has been contaminated or exposed to something that is harmful to humans. The main recall efforts in the United States are run by government entities. Companies may opt to recall their food products on their own but serious recalls are done at the behest of the government organizations.

The first entity that has jurisdiction over recalls is the United States Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. The FDA was created at the turn of the 20th century by President Theodore Roosevelt to govern and inspect the food products and drugs that were making their way into consumers’ hands. The FDA has jurisdiction over food as well as pet and farm animal feed.

Food products overseen by the FDA are those that do not come from an animal. So things like cookies; crackers; vegetables and fruits; canned goods; dog food; cat food; and other items are inspected by the FDA on a regular basis. When the FDA finds something that is not quite right, it can issue a recall of that item, including serial numbers to prevent widespread panic, and the world goes on.

The other entity that inspects food is the Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS. The FSIS is part of the United States Department of Agriculture. Like its parent organization suggests, the FSIS is responsible for inspecting items of agriculture, specifically meats, poultry products, and eggs.

Contact a Jacksonville Food Poisoning Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious case of food poisoning, contact the Jacksonville personal injury lawyer of the Law Offices of Donald Guthrie at 904-296-1088 to learn more about your legal options.

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