PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 28, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Freelance writer Allison Greenspan Duckworth
highlights a recent article
from Food Safety News that explains the process of food recalls. In a society where food recalls area becoming more prevalent, Duckworth wants more people to know the procedures behind the activity in order to have all necessary information to make an informed decision about the products they purchase.
Unfortunately, food recalls are extremely common throughout the United States and Canada, and in this past year alone there have been over 600 recalls. Various foods that have serious issues are entering the marketplace and have the potential to cause major health problems across the entire country. As complaints become apparent on these items, food companies and regulatory agencies intervene and ensure that people are safe. Because the prevalence of these recalls are becoming the norm, Duckworth hopes that people are doing the best they can to stay current about what exactly is involved in the recall process.
As a freelance writer Duckworth has had the opportunity to write about many topics including food and dining. Because she enjoys writing restaurant reviews and chef profiles, Duckworth knows how important it is for culinary professionals to practice effective food safety. She also believes that it is the responsibility of consumers to know the food recall process. "When people get sick at restaurants it is not always due to poor food preparation," Duckworth states, "sometimes it is just a bad product that did not get the proper inspection."
The article offers a step-by-step process regarding what agency is responsible for food safety in the United States. The FDA is responsible for 80 percent of the food supply that comes in and has domain over both domestic and imported foods. Not many people think about whose job it is to monitor these items until it is too late. When food recalls occur, people have the propensity to feel confused. Allison Greenspan Duckworth knows that fear over potential harm is what drives people to research, but she also notes that the frequency with which recalls happen has deflated that sense of urgency.
While meat, poultry and some egg products are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, various agencies have a number of ways for discovering whether or not a food recall is necessary. "A lot of people don't know that the food is tested," Allison Greenspan Duckworth says. "People believe that someone has to get sick before a recall is issued and that is simply not true. This is why it is important for people to research on their own because false information spreads faster than the truth."
Allison Greenspan Duckworth believes that it is the responsibility of the individual purchasing the product to ensure that these agencies are doing their jobs. While the only way this can happen is through continual research and education about the process, Duckworth thinks people truly want to know more in order to protect their health.
"We eat food every single day," Allison Greenspan Duckworth says, "I find it hard to believe that people have just become indifferent to food recalls in this country."
Allison Greenspan Duckworth
lives in Florida and works as a freelance writer. Since receiving her MFA in creative writing, she has begun working on a series of children's books and hopes to have them published in the future. While she continues to enjoy writing about food and the fine dining experience, Duckworth hope to turn her attention to ensuring that people are aware of food safety and what they can do to help.