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USDA Integrates Recalls Information into ‘FoodKeeper’ Application

Posted by Christopher Bernstein, Food Safety Education Staff, Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA in Health and Safety
Aug 30, 2017
FoodKeeper app beside a refrigerator
The updated FoodKeeper app now provides information on food safety recalls to users.

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced new updates to its popular FoodKeeper application that will provide users with new access to information on food safety recalls. The app has been updated so users can choose to receive automatic notifications when food safety recalls are announced by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Recalls Immediately, Daily or Weekly

In the update posted to the Google Play and iTunes stores, users can select to receive information on food safety recalls immediately when they’re announced, or select to receive them daily or weekly. The update also adds instructional videos on proper handling and storage of food to the app, and expands the list of food and beverage products with storage guidance from about 400 to more than 500 items.

The FoodKeeper app was developed by FSIS in partnership with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, as a tool to help reduce food waste and improve public health by sharing storage methods that extend the shelf life of the foods and beverages in American homes. It now offers specific storage timelines for the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, for more than 500 products, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood and more. Since it was launched in April 2015, it has been downloaded nearly 150,000 times.

Application Features

With the FoodKeeper application, each user can:

  • Find specific storage timelines for the refrigerator, freezer and pantry, depending on the nature of the product;
  • Learn cooking tips and methods for various types of meat, poultry and seafood products;
  • Note in their device's calendar when products were purchased and receive notifications when they are nearing the end of their recommended storage date;
  • Submit a question to USDA using the 'Ask Karen' feature of the application. 'Ask Karen' is USDA's 24/7 virtual representative. The system provides information about preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products; and
  • Submit items not included in the database for consideration in future updates.
  • Receive information on food safety recalls immediately when they’re announced or select to receive them daily or weekly.

For those that do not have access to a smartphone, the FoodKeeper app can also be accessed at FoodSafety.gov/FoodKeeper.

Category/Topic: Health and Safety

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Charles Fortier
Sep 19, 2017

That is a very good Idea to have immediate updates on android.
Congratulations.
Chuck.