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FDA launches consumer website for recall information

The US Food and Drug Administration launched a website to make it easier for consumers to find information on recalled products, including petfoods, by compiling notices in a searchable tab.

FDA's Web page displays information on all recalls since 2009 by date, product brand name, product description, reason for the recall and the organization initiating the recall. The website also includes an image of the product label and direct links to the press release for each recall. The website redesign was mandated by the food safety law signed by President Obama in January, which also gives FDA the authority to order its own recalls instead of relying on manufacturers to do so voluntarily.

FDA's site provides separate tabs for recalls by each industry: food, drugs, animal health, biologics and medical devices. The "animal health" tab also provides a link to FDA's Web page for animal and veterinary recalls and withdrawls, which provides consumers with additional information about recalled petfood products.

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