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What do you do when a product is recalled?
What do you do when a product is recalled?

What do you do when a product is recalled?

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Wellness, Nutrition

We’ve all seen product recalls on the news or on our social media feeds. Sometimes it’s a food that is at risk for contamination or a product that is defective. A lot of the time, these recalls don’t apply to anything we have in our homes. So, what do you do when something you’ve consumed or purchased is recalled? And what happens if it affects your health? Read on to find out more.   

What is a product recall?  

According to the Food and Drug Administration, a recall is a method of removing or correcting products that are in violation of laws administered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers of consumer products are also legally required to report products that pose a health or safety risk to the Consumer Product Safety Commission so a recall can be issued.  

How do I know if a product I have has been recalled?  

For a regularly updated list of products that have been recalled, visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at cpsc.gov/Recalls. You can also visit FoodSafety.gov specifically for food-related recalls.  

What do I do if a product I have has been recalled?  

If you realize a recall involves something you’ve purchased, your next steps will depend on the kind of item it is. If you’ve purchased an item like a children’s toy, an exercise bike or a power tool, check the recall issue for further instructions. If it’s a food recall, don’t eat or open the product, says FoodSafety.gov. Then, check the recall notice to see what you need to do. If you have questions or concerns about the effect of a product you’ve eaten, talk to your primary care physician.  


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