Unfortunately, food can become contaminated, and companies may not realize it until after the hazardous products are on the shelves. All they can do at that point is issue a recall.
Those harmed by recalled food often seek compensation from the liable company to pay for damages, but it is best to try to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Why does food get recalled?
Food recalls occur when there is reason to believe that the producer mislabeled or contaminated the food. Some food could contain known chemical or biological agents, like E Coli or salmonella. However, companies could issue recalls of food contaminated by unknown allergens.
What happens if you ingest recalled food?
Common symptoms that occur when you eat recalled food include gastric distress, vomiting, skin reactions, muscle aches and fever. Contaminated food poses more serious threats to pregnant women, seniors and immunocompromised people.
How do you find current recalls?
Check local news sites regularly. News sites often prioritize major recalls to spread the word quickly. Additionally, you can check Ohio’s Department of Health website for a chronological list of current and past recalls. For example, in the summer of 2022, there have been recalls on blueberries from BrandStorm Inc., baby clams from Crown Prince Inc., onions from A&M Farms, ice cream products from Big Olaf Creamery and peanut butter candy products from Deskins Candies. The website will list what the specific contaminate is and if the recall is open or closed.
The best way to protect you and your family from recalled food is to stay up-to-date on local news and frequently peruse Ohio’s Department of Health website.