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Food Recalls Driven by Companies Issuing Multiple Recalls in the First Quarter of 2013, According to Latest ExpertRECALL Index
Date:5/15/2013

Control's recent report on the heightened levels of food allergies in children, this is a poignant reminder to food companies just how important managing food ingredients and food labeling is. It also points to the need for a clear and well-rehearsed recall plan for when issues arise.

Multiple recalls was also a trend echoed in the medical device industry, as close to 40 percent of companies named in FDA Enforcement reports faced two or more recalls in the second quarter.  This demonstrates the need for device companies to implement stringent quality control throughout the supply chain, including supplier components.

Consumer product recalls decreased overall from the previous quarter, but the number of affected units increased dramatically from 3 million units to more than 6 million units. This was driven primarily by one product recall that affected 2.3 million units, nearly half of the total units recalled this quarter. In particular, sports and recreational equipment product recalls reached the highest level of activity in 11 quarters with 26 recalls issued.

The pharmaceutical industry experienced 107 drug and pharmaceutical recalls in the first quarter, an increase of 32 percent from the previous quarter. Compounding pharmacies continue to show frequent recall activity, with one pharmacy issuing 13 individual events alone.

The 2013 first quarter ExpertRECALL Index is the only report that aggregates and tracks cumulative recall data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the FDA and the USDA. Stericycle ExpertRECALL compiles the ExpertRECALL Index from data issued by the FDA, CPSC and USDA. The ExpertRECALL Index report is available online at http://www.expertrecall.com/recallindex.

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