July 02, 2014
Social media has become integrated into American culture in numerous ways over the years, including becoming one of the most common ways citizens get their news. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is using this platform to let the public know when a defective product is discovered and a recall is being launched.
The FDA has created a Flickr account to post photos and information about the latest product defects and subsequent recalls that are initiated. Some say the photos that are being attached to each post can provide a vital visual reference for recognizing recalled products that can be found in the home or on store shelves. Furthermore, many believe the images help to better engage the public versus the wordy—and often bland—recall announcements that are put out by the FDA.
If you are concerned about the safety of a product you have or are considering purchasing, it may be wise to log onto the site for a quick search to ensure your product is not on the list. There is also an app available for smartphones that can make accessing Flickr much easier.
At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our Indianapolis personal injury lawyers know just how dangerous using a defective product can be. That’s why we encourage consumers to check the FDA’s website or Flickr account for a product prior to making a purchase.