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FDA launches consumer-friendly Web search for recalled products

On April 4, 2011, FDA launched a new Web search to make it easier for consumers to search for food and other product recalls. The search results are in the form of a table that organizes information on recalls since 2009, by date, product name, product description, reason for recall, and recalling firm. The table also provides a link to the news release for each recall. This new display of recall information differs from the old display, which provided links in a scroll-down format. Before launching the new search function, FDA consulted with a range of interested stakeholders on how to communicate recall information most effectively. FDA believes the new display of search results will be much easier for consumers to use. Here is a link to the news release announcing the new Web search: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm249437.htm
and a link to the search Web page: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.

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  1. April 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I think the addition of a search feature for medical device recalls is a very good idea. We have more and more people using more and more medical devices in the personal life so this makes sense.

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  3. April 14, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    With so much misinformation out there on the Internet, having one reliable place to search for product recalls is a great idea! Thanks for the info.

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  4. April 16, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Very good for all customer.

  5. April 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Long overdue, but well worth it now it’s here.

    Hopefully this will get utilised and the benefits realised very soon.

  6. Dee
    April 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    This is something that has been a long time coming. Excellent. To have all recalls on one site makes things so much easier for consumers.

  7. Katie
    May 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This is a great way for consumers to be notified, and able to look up recalls on their own. A lot of the recalls on this list I had not heard about and it is helpful and most importantly easy, to be able to look these up. Most American consumers do not understand how things are regulated, and what regulation there is with our food and other products that we use. Being able to quickly check if there is a recall on a product we use is a step forward. Creating a list on the internet is a cheap way for the government to get information out there. This list is similar to another bill that a group is trying to get created in the state of Michigan called the ‘Safe Children’s Products’ legislation ( http://www.mnceh.org/campaigns.lead.php). A few other states have already adopted this bill which creates a simple list on the internet of what toxic chemicals are in children’s products that we use. It is easy, and cheap, and allows parents to look up what chemicals that are potentially harmful to their children are in. We should all push our government to give us more information about toxins and recalls- it is good that the FDA is beginning to realize what is needed for American’s.

  8. June 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    This is a great advantage to the new savvy computer shopper.

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    June 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Web search for recalled products is a great option for consumers because not all of us watch TV news round the clock with the purpose to learn about drug recalls. Having a chance to avoid defective product is a big step forward!

  10. July 7, 2011 at 4:47 am

    Excellent service for consumers. One suggestion if possible: Subscriptions via email and also with cell phone text messaging. It would make everything so much more faster in regards of staying informed. Imagine being on your way to the food store and receiving a text message from this service about a recalled product? Another great idea would be to include nutritional supplements. There are so many supplements out there that risk people’s health that it would be very good to be informed on a regular basis on which ones are being investigated or pulled of the shelves!

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  11. August 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I think this is an excellent idea for the food recall, but I wished they would have market it more for people to know about it.

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  13. September 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Excellent service for people. Hope it will be used and has the best results and benefits also!

  14. September 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Awesome initiative. This Web search for recalled products will be extremely useful for consumers, but it will also have a effect on producers that will be more careful with quality.

  15. September 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I agree it is an excellent service, and also agree that they would have market it more. Hope it will have positive benefits.

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    I’m so glad that, at last, we have a service for product recall that is centrally managed. We’ve been waiting far too long for this from defective cell phones to faulty cars the timely and effective dissemination of recall has until now been a hit and miss affair – now we can track these centrally.

  17. October 9, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    This is a great service for consumers. I will definitely pass this information on to my clients. Thanks for making this search engine possible.

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    October 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    This is excellent news. It is very difficult to find out about or track down recalls. Its seems manufacturers can sit back and gain weight while hiding behind non or mis-information. Keep up the good work.

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  28. Jennifer
    January 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    It will be interesting to see how 2013 may improve communication on FDA policies and procedures. We definitely need more communication on this!

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    February 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm

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