More than 2,360 product recalls took place in 2011, an increase of almost 14 percent from the year before, based on records of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The recalls involved consumer products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and food, according to a report by USA Today.
This increase is presumably related to greater oversight by regulators, better testing procedures and the ability of consumers to use social media to call attention to product problems or defects.
However, businesses and government agencies are having a difficult time reaching people who may either be unaware of a recall or have chosen to ignore it. A 2009 Rutgers study found that 12 percent of Americans had consumed food that they knew had been recalled. Forty percent said that they never looked for recalled products that they might have in their homes.
Businesses and government have tried to improve efforts to notify consumers about recalls, turning to social media websites like Facebook and Twitter, phone calls and store postings.
The government website recalls.gov offers information about product recalls. The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has a Twitter feed that targets people in individual states.
“I think people want to know and need to know and have a right to know if there is a problem with a particular product,” USA Today quoted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as saying. “We’re going to look at ways in which we (communicate) and constantly improve how we communicate.”
If you have suffered an injury or illness because of a recalled product, consider talking to a product liability attorney about your right to compensation. If you live in the Atlanta area, don’t hesitate to discuss your potential personal injury case with the James M. Poe Law Firm. We have experience representing people who have been hurt by others’ negligence, and we will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
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