Increasing the Pace of Food Recalls

Increasing the Pace of Food Recalls

August 20, 2018

Over the past two months, more contaminated products like Ritz crackers, Swiss rolls, and McDonald’s salads, have been recalled than in the ten years prior.

This dramatic change, however, does not necessarily mean the safety of our nation’s food supply has rapidly declined; rather, the use of rapid, carefully tracked recalls as a preventive measure has increased.


Video Spotlight:FDA food recall delays could put people at risk


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This post is based on the Becker’s Hospital Review article, FDA, CDC food recalls climb, by Harrison Cook, July 30, 2018; and a YouTube video, FDA food recall delays could put people at risk, by CBS Evening News, December 26, 2017. Image source: karandaev © 123RF.com.

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1.  What accounts for the sudden increase in the number of recalls?

Guidance: This sudden uptick in the number of recalls may in part be in response to previous reports claiming that the government agencies had been far too slow in initiating recalls for food products that Continue reading

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Medical Recall: Valsartan Heart Medication

Medical Recall: Valsartan Heart Medication

August 19, 2018

The heart medicine, Valsartan, was recently pulled from U.S. pharmacies, as well as those in other countries like Germany, Canada, France, and Sweden.

The Chinese supplier, ZHP, issued a recall notice in July after finding traces of a dangerous carcinogen in substances supplied for the production of Valsartan.  China’s Food and Drug Administration said that it screened all Chinese suppliers of the Valsartan ingredients to mitigate further problems.

This incident follows other recent recalls of Chinese-made vaccines for diphtheria and tetanus (DPT) and rabies.


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Check out related OM in the News posts about the risk to national security when the supply chain becomes too lean,  and several medical supply shortages.

This post is based on the CNN article, Chinese company recalls tainted heart medicine from stores worldwide, by Ben Wescott and Yong Xiong, July 30, 2018; and the YouTube videos, Valsartan: FDA recalls common heart drug, joins 22 other countries, by ABC Action News, July 16, 2018, and FDA recalls blood pressure, heart failure medications due to potential cancer Continue reading

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