According to newly published figures from the ExpertRECALL™ Index, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Reports show that there were 252 food recalls by 136 companies in the third quarter of 2013 – a fall of 14% over the previous quarter.
However, despite the drop in the overall total, the number of units recalled almost doubled to approximately seven million. One recall alone included 2.5 million units and three others affected 500,000 to one million units. One food business is reported to have initiated no less than 24 recalls in the third quarter, accounting for more than 9% of the total.
The single biggest cause of recalls were food allergens, accounting for about 40% of the total, followed closely by contamination with foodborne pathogens, including Salmonella and Listeria. ExpertRECALL says that these latest figures show how important it is for food businesses to prepare effectively for situations where a recall is necessary.
The ExpertRECALL press release can be found here.