Where to Find Recall Information After Christmas
By Sandra Dalton – Staff Writer
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably checked for recalls on the gifts that you gave to friends, family, and coworkers this Christmas, but you can’t rely on others to be as aware and conscientious. As you are settling in after your travels, or just getting back to normal from the upset in routine that the holidays seem to bring no matter how laid back your own celebrations, it is time to take a few minutes to check for recalls on the gifts you received.
Toys, Household Items, and Other Consumer Products
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is your go-to site for a wide range of item types including:
- Children’s toys and other children’s products
- Household cleaners and chemicals
- Lawn mowers
- Power tools
Did you get one of those yummy gift baskets for Christmas this year? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issue recall alerts for different types of food. But you don’t have to figure out which agency to check with on your own. You can find a combined food recall list at Foodsafety.gov.
Pet Food and Treats
To check for recalls on pet food and treats, turn to the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) for the most current and up-to-date announcements. You find alerts for the last year on their site. For older recalls check the FDA’s Animal & Veterinary recall and alert page. It is not as up-to-date on current recalls, but the archives go back several years.
All Types of Products in One Place
US Recall News is very convenient because it covers most types of products, including toys, food, medicines, and more. It does not list every single recall, but it is a great resource for information on recalls, why they happen, and what the risks are. Plus, you will find information on dangerous products that have not yet been recalled but probably should be. You can also sign up for the newsletter to get updates by email.