Foodsafety.gov has a widget on it’s website that gives current information on food recalls. You can get the widget for your own website, too. The site is making the widget available to anyone who would like to post it on their website or blog.
You can see from the image on the left that it’s a scroll down box that gives you the latest recall first. When you scroll down, you’ll get the previous 20 recalls that foodsafety.gov is reporting. At the bottom there is a link that can take you to all USDA alerts or all FDA alerts. The image here is a screenshot. It doesn’t scroll.
Products get recalled all the time. Some of them get a lot of media attention like last month’s E.coli contaminated ground beef recall. Other recalls are less serious and get little or no media attention. The one you see currently at the top of the widget is one the media might not report. Unilever is voluntarily recalling certain Shedd’s Country Crock chilled side-dish products because they may contain undeclared sulfites. While undeclared sulfites may not be as hazardous as E.coli, those who are allergic or sensitive to sulfites would certainly want to know about it.
You are much less likely to hear about the Unilever recall than you are a ground beef recall. This widget can help you, and your readers if you have a website or blog, keep on top of product recalls. It could save someone from a sulfite headache or worse, a trip to the E.R. with food poisoning. You can visit foodsafety.gov regularly to use the widget on their site or you can add it to your own website or blog.