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Paranoids Rejoice! The FDA Makes Searching for Food & Drug Recalls Easier

​It seems like every week there's a story on the news about food or drugs being recalled. Just recently both Del Monte canteloupes and O.N.E. Coconut Water were pulled from store shelves.

The problem with recalls is that once you hear about your favorite product being pulled, you then have to search the convoluted website for specific information. (Maybe whether a specific lot number is heading to your neighborhood grocery or if the product is potentially lethal..

The FDA heard your cries of frustration and has just launched the FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts web page. On it, you'll find an easy-to navigate listing of recalled items and the date of the recall. Each item also has links to the official recall press release and a link to a picture of the product so you can identify it.

If you're living in the electronic age and have no time to stay home waiting for news of foods that can kill, try the FDA's mobile phone app for Android and mobile smart phones. The site states, "Whether you're at your child's day care center or a yard sale, whether you're at a store or at home, you can now type a product's name into your phone and learn immediately whether that product has been recalled because of a safety concern. You can also see photos of recalled products and learn what to do with recalled products in your homes." Sounds like a playground for the paranoid.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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