Between 2004 and 2008, food recalls averaged 304 a year; between 2009 and 2013, the annual average rose to 676. While an increase in the volume of food sold in the United States during this decade partially explains this statistically significant increase, other factors are also likely at play, according to a new report from USDA’s Economic Research Service entitled, Trends in Food Product Recalls: 2004 – 13.

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