Recalled beef? There’s an app for that.

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By Consumers Union on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

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A tip of the hat to the USDA and the FDA who recently rolled out a new app for smartphone users to receive up-to-the-minute alerts about food recalls in the palms of their hands.

This tech-savvy, consumer-friendly effort is in collaboration with other government agencies,  including the CPSC and NHTSA, which will allow app users to view recall information for products like drugs, cribs, strollers, child safety seats, and tires in addition to food recalls.

The app is currently available for Android-based smartphones, with apps for Blackberries and iPhones soon to follow, says the USDA press release.

Consumers can use the app to see a list of the most recent recalls, and view press releases and photos of the recalled products.   A search feature allows them to check specific products or categories for recent recalls.

Two additional highlights of the app include a “report incident” feature which allows consumers to report concerns of unsafe products to the government, as well as the option to view rotating safety tips such as education about the safe handling of food.

To download the app, click here.

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