October 24, 2014

Reference: USDA: Consumers to Receive Timely Food Safety Alerts Through New State Twitter Feeds

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From the USDA:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) launched a series of Twitter feeds that will provide state-specific, food safety alerts to consumers. Followers of these Twitter accounts will receive alerts about recalls of meat, poultry and processed egg products in their state, as well as information on how to protect the safety of their food during severe weather events.

Twitter feeds for all U.S. states and territories will officially launch during the first week of March. Today, FSIS launched Twitter feeds providing food safety alerts for residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin.

“These new Twitter feeds provide yet another mechanism for us to provide consumers with critical updates and relevant information they need to protect their families from foodborne illness,” USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen said. “The immediacy of information-sharing through social media is unparalleled, and we believe these timely, targeted updates will better protect public health.”

The FSIS state food safety alert Twitter feeds are:

Feeds for more states are available here, here, and here.

A list of all FSIS state food safety alert Twitter feeds are more info are available at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp

Currently, recalls are announced through news releases and FSIS’ primary Twitter feed, @USDAFoodSafety which contains information to help consumers identify the recalled product.

To further enhance this notification process FSIS developed these state feeds to provide information to people directly affected by a recall.

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