Browse The FDA’s Photostream Of Recalled Products
Salmonella, Listeria and unlisted active pharmaceutical ingredients, oh my!
It’s like a police lineup for medicines and snacks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration maintains a Flickr album just for pictures of drugs, supplements and pet and people foods it’s recalled from the market. How did we not know this before?
The photo collection is weirdly fun to look at and potentially useful—it encourages you to spot whether anything in the stream looks familiar. We wouldn’t rely on the photostream to keep up to date on recalls, however. Not all the products the FDA recalls make it to Flickr, not by a long shot. To see all recalls, you can read the FDA’s weekly Enforcement Reports. Many recalls also get press releases, which explain the reasons for the recalls a little.
The FDA’s recalled products streams are notably utilitarian. While all the photos are clear enough to read, some are just barely so. I mean, really. Can’t you guys try a little harder? There are also some sketchy gems among the photos. However, keep in mind it’s not just “male strength” companies that suffer recalls. Many well-known companies end up having to pull their products from store shelves. Just last month, snack dips from Target and Trader Joe’s were recalled for possibly containing Listeria bacteria and a Whole Foods noodle dish was recalled because the packaging didn’t declare it contained a potential allergen, soybeans.
We made a gallery of our favorite recall photos! Yum. Click here or below to enter the gallery. All these products were recalled this year.
I’m A Very Sexy Monkey
It’s Not Confidence You’re Getting
Et Tu, Butterballs?