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Food Recall Trends

Food recalls occur almost daily either voluntarily by a food company or issued by the USDA or FDA. Between 2004-2013, there were 4,900 food recalls. Some of the highly publicized outbreaks were due to spinach (2006), peanut butter (2009), eggs (2010), and cantaloupe (2011).

The top three food product categories for these recalls were meat, poultry, and seafood (16%); prepared foods and meals (14%); and nuts and seeds (11%). Disease-causing pathogens accounted for 41% of all recalls. Undeclared food allergens accounted for 27% of all recalls, nearly double the average number of allergen recalls over the decade.

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About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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