Over 18.m pounds of products recalled in 2014 – USDA-FSIS

Almost 18.7m pounds of products were recalled last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

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Recall Summary for Calendar Year 2014

Total   Number of Recalls  94

Number of Pounds Recalled   18,675,102

                                         Recalls by Class (N=94)

Class   I           63        14,261,888

            II         23        3,817,387

            III        8          595,827

Recalls by Reason (N=94)

STEC*                                     5          1,840,533

            Listeria monocytogenes     7          270,926

            Salmonella                             4          372,414

            Undeclared Allergen           43        6,147,288

            Extraneous Material                        6          265,607

            Processing Defect                 4          59,203

            Undeclared Substance         2          80,084

            Other**                                  23        9,639,047

Recall by Species/Product (N=94)

Beef                22        13,232,176

            Mixed             14        2,151,495

            Pork               26        1,032,582

            Poultry***      31        2,230,901

            Ovine             1          27,948

* “STEC” includes recalls due to Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). STEC organisms include E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O26, E. coli O45, E. coli O103, E. coli O111, E. coli O121, and E. coli O145.
**”Other includes producing without inspection, failure to present for import inspection, and labeling issues, among others. 
***Poultry includes egg products.

Class I – A Class I recall involves a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death.

Class II – A Class II recall involves a potential health hazard situation in which there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from eating the food.

Class III – A Class III recall involves a situation in which eating the food will not cause adverse health consequences.