Beginning on August 11 USDA will list retail stores that have received meat products involved in Class I recalls. The announcement made Friday gives a 30 day notice after the rule is published in the Federal Register before taking effect. Class I recalls are the most serious to public health.
"The identity of retail stores with recalled meat and poultry from their suppliers has always been a missing piece of information for the public during a recall," says Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. "People want to know if they need to be on the lookout for recalled meat and poultry from their local store and by providing lists of retail outlets during recalls, USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service will improve public health protection by better informing consumers."
Recall announcements from USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service always include the name of the establishment recalling the meat or poultry, the reason for the recall, a description of the recalled product, any identifying product codes, the recall classification and contact information at FSIS and the company involved. The additional information releasing the names of retail stores receiving recalled meat and poultry will improve the consumers' ability to identify and discard or return the products they may have purchased and may still have in their home by checking the list of stores and locations.
FSIS will post on its Web site a list of retail stores that receive products subject to Class I recalls, the highest risk category, generally within three to ten business days of issuing the recall release. The list of retail stores and locations will be posted on the FSIS Web site www.fsis.usda.gov and shared with State and local public health officials where the retail stores are located.