Companies issue food recalls for various reasons. While some issues are due to bacteria infecting a product during the production process, others stem from foreign materials introduced into the food. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates hard, sharp, or foreign objects in food that can be labeled a hazard. When these are detected, companies recall the offending items to restore consumer confidence in the food supply.
According to Food Safety Magazine, glass is a common issue. Other recent recalls have addressed issues with wood and metal. Even though the contaminants might be small, the impact on the consumer is great. Consumers do not want to feel that they must overly scrutinize every bite. They want to have confidence that food, as presented, is safe to eat.
In 2023 Q1, the U.S. food and beverage industry issued 23.2% more recalls compared to 2022 Q4, per a report from Sedgwick. While this number is cumulative of all food recalls, allergens, mislabeling, and contamination, the number can concern consumers. Even though companies act swiftly to remove the offending food, it does lessen confidence in the industry. Items like traceability and accountability become more important, leading them to choose one brand over another. Although it might be impossible to avoid all recall risks, brands might want to make additional efforts to reduce potential issues in the future.