WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The USDA is getting more of a technological edge when it comes to publicity.
The Department of Agriculture is updating its Twitter methods and will now have accounts for important alerts set up which are state-specific.
The agency says that food safety alerts are geared for meat, poultry and processed egg products, as well as information on how to protect food during severe weather events.
Until this point, recalls have been announced formally in news releases and on one generic USDA Twitter account, but the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service believes the new state-specific feeds will provide information that more directly affects each consumer, especially when it comes to recalls. Food recalls often involve only specific states based around found distribution points, proving that many prior tweets would have been deemphasized to a broad portion of the agency’s followers.
The new alerts can be found on Twitter by listing your state’s two-letter postal designation, followed by an underscore, then FSISAlert.
For D.C., Maryland and Virginia, search for the following Twitter handles (If you are currently logged into Twitter, you can simply click your desired state’s link below, then select follow when prompted)