Few things are as basic to our health as the foods we eat. When there’s a food recall or a food safety alert, you want to know about it now – before you eat it. On March 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service launched a series of Twitter feeds that will provide state-specific food safety alerts directly to consumers.
Followers of those Twitter accounts will receive alerts about food recalls in their state, as well as information on how to protect their food supply during severe weather events.
“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,” said USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen. “The immediacy of information-sharing through social media is unparalleled, and we believe these timely, targeted updates will better protect public health.”
Recalls are announced through news releases and the USDA’s primary Twitter feed, which contains information to help consumers identify recalled products. With new state-by-state feeds, the agency will be able to reach consumers most likely to be affected by a food recall — giving them the important information they need quickly.
USDA Food Safety Twitter Feeds
In addition to the main Twitter feed (@USDAFoodSafety), the USDA offers these feeds for news and alerts by State or US Territory.
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