The most memorable reminders of 2022: Are they still with you?
Product recalls in the United States this year are said to have reached their highest level in 20 years,
According to Sedgwick, a provider of technical and market information, at the end of September, 1.22 billion units were involved in recalls in the five sectors tracked: automotive, consumer products, food and beverages, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
This total exceeds the previous record of 1.20 billion set in 2018 – although the figures then were for the whole year and the United States reached this milestone in just three quarters.
The first quarter, the report notes, saw the highest number of units recalled in a single quarter in the past two decades.
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Compared to 2018 quarterly averages for recall events, year-to-date numbers are lower this year for all sectors except consumer products.
A Dec. 1 statement from Sedgewick said the overall rise was primarily due to increases in the average size of recalls for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
Here are some of the most memorable callbacks of the year:
1. The infant formula crisis
In February, Abbott recalled three brands of infant formula after infants fell ill.
Nearly a year after a nationwide shortage, parents are still unable to find formula on store shelves.
“We got less powder, Nutramigen. So whatever I have, I’m like, can I just feed him less?” his mother Ellie Johnston told FOX Business.
2. A Listeria outbreak linked to meats and cheeses
the Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention warned in November that one person had died and 13 others had been hospitalized due to a multi-state listeria outbreak linked to deli meats and cheeses.
Seven of the 16 illnesses were found in New York City, according to agency data.
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In October, several brands of brie and camembert cheeses made by Old Europe Cheese, Inc. were recalled following an outbreak of listeria.
3. Blueberries Might Have High Lead Levels
BrandStorm Inc. issued a voluntary recall in July for two lots of its Natierra organic freeze-dried blueberry pouches “due to the presence or potential presence of lead above FDA recommended limits; based on serving size specified on the nutritional information panel”, according to the reminder.
4. Daily Harvest French Lentils + Leeks Product
Meal service delivery company Daily Harvest temporarily discontinued its French Lentil + Leek Crumbles product in June after several customers posted online that they had become seriously ill and even visited the emergency room after consuming it.
“At this time, we have identified tara flour as the cause of the problem,” Rachel Drori, CEO of Daily Harvest, said in a blog post in July. “We have only used this ingredient in the French Lentil + Leek Crumbles and we no longer source from this producer who does not provide any ingredients for our over 140 other items.”
5. Murphy beds sold on Amazon, Costco recall after woman was crushed to death
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Nearly 130,000 Murphy beds that had been on the market for about eight years were recalled in April after one fell on a 79-year-old woman in 2018 and killed her, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of the United States.
The company also received 60 reported incidents “resulting in bruising and other injuries from wall beds coming loose and hitting consumers,” according to the recall.
Fox Business’ Kayla Bailey, Anders Hagstrom, Daniella Genovese and Reuters contributed to this report.