There were 147 recalls in Q2, according to the Stericycle Recall Index. While that is a 7% increase over Q1, it’s still the second-lowest quarter since the beginning of 2016.
At the same time, recalled FDA food units jumped more than 20x to nearly 213 million. This was due almost entirely to a recall of more than 206 million eggs after a Salmonella outbreak that caused 35 illnesses and 11 hospitalizations. Overall, the top cause of FDA recalls was undeclared allergens, followed by bacterial contamination.
On the USDA side, recalled units also increased: 74%. The top three reasons for USDA recalls were foreign material, lack of proper inspection, and undeclared allergens. Beef was the top category based on both number of recalls and pounds recalled.
For more information, read the full report from Stericycle Expert Solutions.