Beginning Monday consumers can search for food and other product recalls easier and quicker on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website than previously possible, according to the FDA.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law in January by President Barack Obama called for a more consumer-friendly recall search engine.
To provide greater ease of use for users, the search results provide information from news releases and other recall announcements in the form of a table. That table organizes data from news releases on recalls since 2009 by date, product brand name, product description, reason for the recall and the recalling firm.
Also provided is a link to the news release on each recall for more detailed information. The news releases were chosen as the source of information for the table because they provide the most up-to-date and user friendly information about any recall, the FDA's press release explained.
The agency was required to provide a consumer-friendly recall search engine within 90 days after the law went into effect. It also requires the FDA to indicate whether the recall is ongoing or completed.
Per the requirements of the new food safety law, under certain recalls the search results will also provide information on whether the recall is completed or on-going.
For more information go to www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/.