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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 3:12 AM

Food Recalls

How does a food product get put on the shelves or in the freezers of our grocery stores without benefit of inspection? Especially when they’re imported from another country? Inquiring minds would like to know how that happens.

We’re not likely to get answers anytime soon. But we can, at least, get quick alerts when those items are recalled.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is a good site to watch, or better yet, sign up for alerts. At this writing, there is a product (empanadas) under recall that the USDA is concerned might not be fit for human consumption. At the same time, there are two different dog foods that might be contaminated with salmonella, which can affect not only the dogs but the humans feeding the dogs. Then there are the meatballs with Listeria, the pork products that weren’t inspected, the burritos with Listeria, the soup with undeclared allergens and much more. For more information on these recalls or to sign up for email notices, go to www. fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

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