Food Recall Basics -
What you should look for
One of the best resources food banks and meal programs have at their disposal to find out everything about current food recalls is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website:
After learning of a major food recall, check to see if you have the specific product in your food bank, meal program food storage, or even at your own home. Is it in your pantry, refrigerator or freezer? Different types of products require you to look for different things.
Peny Archer at Community Services of Moses Lake Food Bank and Distribution Center says when she receives information about a recall, she makes sure she inspects what they have on site herself. If that product is stored at their site, it is marked, wrapped up, and then disposed of properly. Peny also sends that information out to all of the programs who receive food from their Moses Lake warehouse, just to be sure it’s all located in a timely manner and not distributed to clients. Our friend Suzy McNeilly, who runs the Council on Aging and Senior Services food bank in Colfax, told us not only does she personally check their food for recall items, she also posts all recall information in the pantry of their food bank to make sure that all of her core volunteers know what to keep an eye out for!
Match the Details!
Match identifying marks such as product name, brand, container codes, and container size with the recall notice details. If the product details don't match the recall notice details then there is no need to be concerned or to take action. The recall of one product does not mean all forms of that product are potentially a problem. If the recalled product is a fresh vegetable and you have a canned vegetable, then there is nothing to worry about. You should feel comfortable consuming that product.
If you find that you do have the specific product being recalled; do not open or consume it!