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New, Free Searchable Database of FDA and USDA Food Recalls

The Milwakee-based Food Industry Council, LLC has launched its “FIC Recall Reporter.”   The new, free business tool is a searchable database of all FDA and USDA published Class I, Class II, and Class III food and beverage recalls since 2000.

The Food Industry Council says its FIC Recall Reporter is the only single database in the world that contains this information.

FIC Recall Reporter is updated regularly, allowing users to easily search the growing number of food recalls using a variety of user-friendly parameters.

For example, within seconds, a user can learn whether a food product has been recalled, how many times a particular food has been recalled, and how regulators classified those recalls; or, how many times a food product was recalled for the same reason. Prior to FIC Recall Reporter, accessing this information required tedious and time-consuming multiple year-specific searches in separate FDA and USDA databases.

“For corporate legal teams and company decision-makers, this information provides valuable insight into past and current trends, which in turn informs current decisions,” explained FIC Attorney and Founder Shawn Stevens. “Food safety should not be competitive so FIC is providing this new business tool free of charge.”

Stevens let his friends and colleagues know about the development on July 1 and followed with the Food Industry Council (FIC) announcement on July 20.   He claims it has “great value for the food industry.”

“The FIC Recall Reporter, which we have worked over 5 years to create, is a searchable database of every FDA and USDA published Class I, Class II, and Class III food and beverage recall since 2000.  As of today, it contains the details of nearly 10,000 food product recalls, but tomorrow it will include more because we update the database daily.  It is the only single database in the world that contains this information. Recall Reporter allows users to instantly (within seconds) search for any recalls using a variety of user-friendly parameters.  FIC is providing this management tool free of charge – no catches whatsoever,” he said.

The FIC Recall Reporter was developed to benefit:

  • Decision-makers
  • Risk managers
  • Legal teams
  • Food safety teams
  • Risk communicators
  • Industry associations
  • Food industry researchers

The FIC Recall Reporter is designed to save time by:

  • Easily and quickly customize the vetting and approval of suppliers and/or new food items
  • Inform the decision-making process
  • Better determine, based upon precedent, whether a recall in any particular circumstance is warranted and, if so, how FDA would most likely classify it
  • Assess risk based on current data

To begin using FIC Recall Reporter, go to https://www.foodindustrycounsel.com/recalls and check the preferred search criteria boxes on the left.

According to Stevens, the FIC Recall Reporter is a “game-changer” for the food industry.  “Now, for the first time ever,” explains Stevens, “we can instantly see and assess 20-years of recall data, and leverage that data to help make important food safety decisions.”

Food Industry Counsel, LLC is the only law firm in the U.S. that works with the food industry exclusively, helping food companies comply with FDA and USDA food safety regulations, coordinate crisis management and recall efforts, defend and pursue food safety claims, and reduce food safety exposure. For more information about our services visit www.foodindustrycounsel.com or contact us at 920-698-2561, info@foodindustrycounsel.com.

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