Agencies share recall data with smartphone barcode scanner

Thursday - 5/19/2011, 6:33pm EDT

A new mobile app lets smartphone users instantly check to see whether any product on a store shelf has been recalled, and why. The new recalls.gov app lets users scan a product's UPC code with their phone's camera, then searches government databases to see if it's been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Food and Drug Administration or the Department of Agriculture. It's one of 18 new mobile government apps the General Services Administration is making available as part of the redesign of the USA.gov website.