Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Complacency in Food Alerts?

I read an interesting article last night regarding alerts sent out from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and how the increasing number of alerts may result in consumers being overloaded and desensitized to them.

Here are some of the statistics quoted in the article:

Since 2004, the CFIA has issued 696 alerts

  • 56% of those were food recalls
  • 41% were allergy alerts
  • 3% contained other food-related advice

Of the recall notices, 67%  were due to suspected bacterial contamination …

  • 22% from listeria
  • 19% from salmonella
  • 10% from E coli

So do you think we’re being overloaded on food notices?

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