In recent months, it seems that there has been an increase in the number of product safety recalls. Product recalls can affect any industry, such as consumer products, food products as well as vehicles. However, it is always the end user who is put at risk.
As a consumer, it can be challenging and frustrating trying to keep up with product recalls. For example, in the past month I have received five product recall emails for a wide variety of products, such as cookie dough, trampolines, bicycles, nose spray and digital clamp meters.
In an effort to assist consumers with tracking product recalls the federal government established a website (www.recalls.gov) which provides a listing of product recalls by a variety of categories, such as consumer products, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, cosmetics and environmental products. The website also provides the opportunity to sign up for product recall email notifications which can make tracking recalls much less difficult. Another nice feature of this website is that the information is provided in both English and Spanish.
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