Consumer Advocacy Group Pushes for Recall Notices at Grocery Stores

Consumer Advocacy Group Pushes for Recall Notices at Grocery Stores
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May 15, 2015

A consumer advocacy group is pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to follow through with developing a program that would compel grocery stores to post recall notices.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said in a release that in-store notifications are critical to protecting the health and safety of consumers who may not otherwise learn about recalled food products.

The notification requirement was included in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but the group says that aside from one public hearing, it has yet to implement the program.

"It's past time for FDA to finish work on this important notification system," CSPI senior food safety attorney David Plunkett said in a statement. "Consumers need recall information in the place they are most likely to see it and that's at their local grocery store. Few people ever visit the FDA website to learn about recalls."

Were the program in place, notifications would have been posted in the same location where Blue Bell ice cream once was. Consumers unaware of the recall would see the notice in place of the desired product. Some stores, like Trader Joe's, already post recall notifications, but they are located at check-out not on the shelf where the item would have been found.

Other stores use shopper rewards cards to notify consumers of recalls via calls sent to the phone number linked to the account.

The FDA does post recall notices on its website, but the releases aren't always picked up by major media outlets, especially when they pertain to limited recalls of smaller, lesser known brands.

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