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Food Recalls Hit Two-Year High in Fourth Quarter of 2012, According to Latest ExpertRECALL Index
Date:2/14/2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Index released today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six food recalls being documented every day in the fourth quarter, affecting some 18.4 million products, more than double the units affected in the previous quarter.

Forty percent of medical device companies named in FDA Enforcement Reports in the final quarter of 2012 were involved in more than one recall. During the same time period, 45 percent of pharmaceutical companies faced more than one recall event – the largest percentage of companies with repeat violations in at least two and a half years. While recalls of medical devices declined when compared to the third quarter of 2012, more than 10 million units were affected. Fourth quarter pharmaceutical recalls also dropped compared to the third quarter, returning to a level more in line with the three previous quarters.

"Right before FDA's announcement of two major requirements proposed under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the agency documented 552 food recalls, representing a 33 percent increase over the previous quarter and reaching the highest level of recall activity in more than two years," said Mike Rozembajgier , vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertRECALL. "As the agency continues to shift its focus towards prevention rather than simply reacting to foodborne illness outbreaks, we can expect the FDA to pay more attention to what companies are doing to ensure our food is safe and prevent recalls from occurring. Companies with a recall plan that is ready are like
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