WASHINGTON, DC — December 9, 2003 — Thanks to a new government one-stop shopping initiative, consumers can now learn about product recalls from six federal agencies through a single Web site — www. recalls.gov.

“The supermarket industry applauds this use of the tried and true one-stop concept to protect public health and safety;” said Jill Hollingsworth, vice president of food safety programs of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).

“For our customers and the industry, this Web site provides clear pathways to the regulatory agencies that safeguard our food and consumer products: the Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Environmental Protection Agency, along with those involved in transportation and imports, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and Coast Guard.”

Since the 1980s, FMI has strongly advocated more coordinated government oversight of safety and security concerns.