Organic Food Recalls on the Rise
About the Spike in Organic Food Recalls
According to data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in organic foods made up only 1 percent of recalled foods in 2012 and 2013. However, that number increased to 2 percent in 2014 before jumping to 7 percent in 2015.
Bacterial contaminations such as salmonella, listeria, and hepatitis accounted for the majority of organic food recalls as opposed to regulatory issues like incorrect labeling or unreported allergens.
According to Stericycle, a company that oversees recalls for large businesses, a 24% increase in organic recalls are expected this year; however, the company does note this is mainly due to the rise in organic food consumption and food safety mechanisms.
Food Poisoning Statistics
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- About one in six Americans get sick from a foodborne illness every year. The averages to 48 million people annually.
- Of those who fall ill, roughly 128,000 will require hospitalization and 3,000 people will die.
- Among the most common foodborne pathogens which result in illness are:
- Clostridium perfringens