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to the main Food Safety page
For general food safety questions, call the FDA Consumer Hotline at
888-INFO-FDA (888-463-6332). If you have a question about seafood, call the FDA
Seafood Hotline at 800-FDA-4010. If your questions involve meat or poultry
products, call the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's hotline at 800-535-4555. If the situation is critical, phone
the agency's emergency number, 301-443-1240, which is staffed 24 hours a day.
The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the sale and use of pesticides.
But FDA regularly tests foods to determine if pesticides are present in
unacceptable amounts. If elevated levels are found, the agency takes corrective
|Food Safety and Inspection Service
|Centers for Disease Control
Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market.
Recalls may be conducted on a firm's own initiative, by FDA request, or by FDA
order under statutory authority. A Class I recall is a situation in which there
is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product
will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. A Class II recall is a
situation in which use of or exposure to a violating product may cause temporary
or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of
serious adverse health consequences is remote. A Class III recall is a situation
in which use of or exposure to a violating product is not likely to cause
adverse health consequences.
Product Recalls, Alerts, and Warnings: Information older than 60 days.
||The FDA Enforcement
Report: Published weekly by FDA, the Enforcement Report contains
information on recalls, as well as other actions taken in connection with
agency regulatory activities (such as product seizures or court actions).
||FDA's Electronic Freedom of
Information Reading Room: Warning letters.
||MedWatch: Medical Product
Provides hotlinks to Medical Device Reporting Data Files, Adverse Drug
Reaction Reporting Data Files, Labeling Changes Related to Drug Safety,
Annual Adverse Drug Experience Report, "Dear Health Professional
Letters," and other Safety Notifications.
|Medical Device Safety
Alerts, Public Health Advisories, and Notices
Maintained by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
|Recalls and Market
Withdrawals of Fractionated Blood and Plasma Products
Maintained by the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
|FDA Office of Public
Affairs Archives: Press releases are archived back to 1992 and talk
papers to 1987. Both include notices about past recalls.
Industry Cooperate to Protect Consumers
A 4-page article from the October 1995 issue of FDA Consumer
|Food Safety Alerts
and News: Part of the FoodSafety.gov Website.
||USDA Food Safety
and Inspection Service: This agency is responsible for all meat and
poultry product regulation, including recalls.
Product Safety Commission: This agency has jurisdiction over about
15,000 types of consumer products.
Consumers: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)
|CDC: Centers for Disease Control &
|CFSAN: Center for Food Safety &
Applied Nutrition, FDA|
(Seafood, Fruits, Vegetables, Shell Eggs,
and all other Non-Meat Foods)
|EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
(Pesticides & Water)
|FSIS: Food Safety & Inspection
(Meat, Poultry & Processed Egg Products)
|Partnership for Food Safety Education
The FDA Enforcement Report is published weekly by the
Food and Drug Administration. It contains information on actions taken in
connection with agency regulatory activities. Inquiries about individual actions
should be directed to the companies involved.
Select the index for a particular year:
More information is available on FDA's
Product Recalls, Alerts, and Warnings Web page.
Recall and Field Correction:
Action taken by a firm to either remove a product from the market or to conduct
a field correction. Recalls may be conducted on a firm's own initiative, by FDA
request, or by FDA order under statutory authority. A Class I recall is a
situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure
to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
A Class II recall is a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative
product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences
or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. A
Class III recall is a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative
product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.
Medical Device Notification or Safety Alert:
Any communication issued by a manufacturer, distributor, or other responsible
party or FDA to inform health professionals or other appropriate persons or
firms of a risk of substantial harm from a medical device in commercial use.
Notifications are issued at the request of FDA. Safety Alerts are voluntarily
Injunction: A civil action taken against
an individual or firm seeking to stop continued production or distribution of a
Seizure: An action taken to remove a
product from commerce because it is in violation of the law. FDA initiates a
seizure by filing a complaint with the U.S. District Court where the product is
located. A U.S. marshal is then directed by the court to take possession of the
goods until the matter is resolved.
Prosecution: A criminal action taken
against a company or individual charging violation of the law.
Disposition: A final order entered by a
court to conclude cases involving prosecutions or injunctions. Prosecutions may
conclude with the entry of a plea, a verdict, and, if guilty, conviction and
sentencing. Injunctions are resolved when a court imposes an order on a firm or
declines to issue the order.
Indictment: A formal accusation by a
grand jury that sets forth charges against a defendant and states when the
alleged crime occurred. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Guilt can only
be determined by a judge or jury after a trial.
Information: A formal accusation by a
U.S. attorney similar to an indictment except that the charges usually are not
presented to a grand jury. An information alleges a misdemeanor rather than a
felony except when consented to by the proposed defendant.
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