United States government agencies may issue alerts regarding product recalls when the product is defective or may pose a danger to consumers. The following agencies provide information on product recalls at their websites:
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) http://www.cpsc.gov/ issues and enforces safety standards for consumer products and obtains recalls of unsafe products. CPSC’s website allows consumers to search for current recalls.
Consumers can also register complaints about products by filing a Consumer Product Incident Report online: https://www.saferproducts.gov/CPSRMSPublic/Incidents/ReportIncident.aspx
FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforces the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and provides regulation of consumer safety standards in the areas of food, drugs, medical devices, vaccines, cosmetics, veterinary drugs, animal feed, electronic products that emit radiation (such as microwaves and video monitors) and blood products. Recalls and safety alerts issued by the FDA can be found at their website. Information on reporting problems with FDA-regulated products can also be accessed at the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/problem.html
NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes road safety and educates consumers on vehicle safety, vehicle defects and recalls, and child safety (car) seat defects and recalls. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation allows consumers to search for motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment recalls from 1966 to present and child safety seat recalls from 1991 to present. Online forms to report safety-related defects with motor vehicles or motor vehicle equipment are available at NHTSA’s website: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/) is responsible for the inspection and regulation of eggs, meat, and poultry products.The FSIS Recall Information Center (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/index.asp) has information on federal and state recall cases and links to all state departments. of agriculture and public health.
The above agencies, along with the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Coast Guard, also post product recalls on the government website: http://www.recalls.gov/ Links to all six government websites are provided.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT’S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE: Search by service names:
Consumer Safety Standards
Product Safety Alerts/Recalls
SOURCES: Agriculture, United States. Department of; Consumer Product Safety Commission, United States; Food and Drug Administration, United States; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; www.recalls.gov website
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CONTENT LAST MODIFIED: May2017