Consumer Watchdog

Food recalls for dangerous Salmonella are on the rise

The most common reasons for food recalls and public health alerts: undeclared allergens, Listeria, Salmonella and foreign materials such as metal and plastic in food.

Raul Gonzalez Escobar |

Just in time for summer picnic and barbeque season: It’s important to remember a lot of food contains bacteria. That can increase to unsafe levels in food that’s left at room temperature or worse — outdoors — for long periods.

Our new report analyzed food recall data from the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture and found:

  • Recalls from Salmonella in 2022 nearly doubled from pre-pandemic.
  • More than 40% of recalls stem from undeclared allergens.
  • Recalls from Listeria, E. coli and foreign materials in food are down.

It’s important to realize Salmonella is the No. 1 cause of hospitalizations and deaths from foodborne illness in the United States. There’s actually a new Salmonella alert just announced Tuesday, involving cookie dough and illnesses in six states.

See our new report and tips to learn about recalls quickly and how to handle all food safely.

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