Gombas said retailers with loyalty cards can give shippers recall notices by e-mail or phone.
“I think that is a lot more effective than posting a list of all the foods that have been recalled in the last month,” he said.
Costco and Wegman’s have used loyalty cards for that purpose, he said.
The government has never compensated food producers for erroneously ordered food recalls, according to the report. Two ways of addressing that could be government-subsidized insurance or a separate dedicated program funded by Congress.
“Individuals GAO interviewed said that a potential advantage of a dedicated program would be assurance to industry that a mechanism would be available, but a potential disadvantage may be that in lean budget times, funding for such a program may be difficult to obtain,” according to the report.
In addition, defining what constitutes an error or mitigating the potential for unintended consequences is complicated, according to the report.