If you’ve noticed an uptick in how often you’re told to discard a product stashed away in your fridge, you’re not alone.
“We’re not getting the kind of recalls that we used to have, which are ‘Somebody died, lots of people were injured as a result,'” Farahany told USA TODAY. “What you’re getting is better early prediction and modeling, with better technology and AI tools that help across the different industries.”
Here are just some examples of what we’ve seen so far this year:
Here are some examples of toy recalls this year:
There are a number of reasons why regulators are issuing more recalls, according to Farahany.
New laws like the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 gave regulators more oversight of different food and products, while new technologies like AI tools and whole genome sequencing allows regulators to identify potential harms sooner.
Ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic also play a role, since increased employee turnover and staff shortages increase the chance for human error.
“It all comes together for kind of a record year in recalls,” Farahany said. “Rather than worrying that all of our goods and services are contaminated or that our manufacturing systems are falling apart, (consumers) should take comfort in the fact that there is earlier detection of potential hazards.”
Source: USA Today