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Trends in Food Recalls: 2004-13


  • Page, Elina Tselepidakis


This report identifies trends, patterns, and outliers of food product recalls in the United States from 2004 through 2013. The analysis considers four factors: the types of foods being recalled, the reasons for initiating the recalls, the severity of the risks posed by the recalled products, and the geographic distribution. The results reveal that recall events increased across several major aggregate food categories (grain products, animal products, and prepared foods and meals), increased across all three risk severity classes, and occurred more frequently in highly populated States. Additionally, undeclared allergens were a leading cause of food product recalls, with the number of undeclared allergen recalls nearly doubling over the decade. Last, ingredient-driven recall events were the source of several extreme time trend outliers.

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  • Page, Elina Tselepidakis, 2018. "Trends in Food Recalls: 2004-13," Economic Information Bulletin 276244, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersib:276244

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