In looking at the last 12 months of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recall data, we noticed some definite trends. First, total recalls are down: There were 109 FSIS recalls compared with 149 in 2015.
Allergen-related recalls are down, from 42 percent in 2015 to 28 percent in 2018. Recalls for misbranded products that didn’t include allergens dropped from 11 percent in 2015 to 8 percent in 2018. Both trends are going in the right direction.