The Strange New World of Food Recalls

Welcome to the strange new world of food recalls. As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reacts to public and congressional pressure for more stringent oversight of food safety, the process of recalling contaminated food has become far harsher, complicated, and expensive for food producers.

In fact, food recalls, once performed cooperatively by the FDA and food companies, now more often resemble drawn-out litigation between two suspicious adversaries. That’s chiefly due to three factors:

  1. Changes in the regulatory process that have shifted the system from reaction to prevention;
  2. The ascendance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and its meticulous pathogen-tracking and matching;
  3. Constantly rising consumer expectations about the food supply.

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