USDA creates foods safety alert system on Twitter
The number of “tainted product” warnings in the last few years has been increasing, and consumers are looking for more ways to find out about recalls, product warnings and other food safety issues. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection is looking for ways to provide alerts to consumers quickly.
The USDA recently launched Twitter news alert accounts for specific states that can share news of recalls on poultry, meat and other food products for those specific regions, say new reports.
“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,” states 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.”
The Twitter feeds for all U.S. states and territories officially launched the first week of March.