Publisher’s Platform: Is it illegal to sell recalled food? Hell yes it is

Every week in the past one among my meals security followers on Twitter despatched me this photograph that was apparently circulating providing on the market on eBay a product that was recalled over a decade in the past.  They requested if it was authorized for somebody to promote a recalled meals product.

First, after a fast search on eBay I didn’t see the product nonetheless on the market, but it surely did pique my curiosity within the query.

Setting apart that it’s silly to try to promote (at an outrageous mark-up) a recalled product that was identified to be contaminated with Salmonellathe reply is that it’s unlawful as considered from the FDA and  is  in opposition to eBay’s personal insurance policies.

For a little bit of historical past, this Salmonella outbreak sickened a complete of 715 circumstances that have been recognized in 48 states. Sufferers had a median age of 53 years (vary, 2 months to 95 years); 519 of 708 (73%) have been feminine. Amongst 707 Salmonella isolates the place specimen web site was accessible, 421 (60%) have been from stool specimens, 264 (37%) have been from urine specimens, and 22 (3%) have been from different or a number of specimen sources. The median age of sufferers with urine isolates was 62 years (vary, 2 to 94 years), in contrast with 48 years (vary, 2 months to 95 years) for sufferers with stool isolates. Ninety-four p.c (247/263) of sufferers with urine isolates have been feminine, in contrast with 62% (257/416) of sufferers with stool isolates .

Though the outbreak slowed after the  product was recalled in February, circumstances continued to be confirmed after this time interval. The circumstances have been in the end linked to the consumption of Peter Pan and Nice Worth model peanut butter manufactured in ConAgra’s Georgia peanut butter plant. Any Peter Pan or Nice Worth model peanut butter starting with product code 2111 was recalled in response to the outbreak investigation.

So, right here is the unlawful half.

The Federal Meals Drug and Beauty Act below 21 US §331 – Prohibited acts:

21 US §321 defines “individual” to incorporate “particular person, partnership, company, and affiliation.”

21 US §331 prohibits (a) the introduction or supply for introduction into interstate commerce of any meals….that’s adulterated.

21 US §333 then states: (1) any one who violates a provision of part 331 of this title shall be imprisoned for not a couple of 12 months or fined no more than $1,000 or each.

Clearly, any individual promoting a recalled product – for no matter function – is doing an unlawful act below the Federal Meals Drug and Beauty Act .

Additionally, eBay’s Product Safety Policy clarify that it’s in opposition to its personal coverage to promote the product.  The rule is that promoting merchandise that pose a well being or security hazard aren’t allowed.  To make sure the protection and well-being of our members, eBay doesn’t enable listings for objects which might be banned, recalled, or harmful to a purchaser. The next varieties of objects will not be allowed:

  • Merchandise recalled by a producer or authorities company
  • Merchandise the place the sale of the product is prohibited by regulation or regulation
  • Merchandise that pose a well being or security hazard as specified by any authorities company

Effectively, that every one appears fairly clear.


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