Food Safety


A food recall can happen to anyone. The purpose of a recall is to remove a food product from commerce when there is reason to believe it may be adulterated (injurious to health or unfit for human consumption) or misbranded (false or misleading labeling and/or packaging). Managing a recall successfully depends on how well prepared you are — having current information and understanding recall policies are critical.

FMI members can contact FMI staff for guidance in the event of a recall situation.

In the event of a food safety emergency or other emergencies involving security and loss prevention issues, FMI members can use this service to contact FMI staff after regular working hours.

Rapid Recall Exchange

Designed by the industry for the industry and powered by GS1 US, Rapid Recall Exchange (RRE) is an industry-standards-based utility that creates a common platform for brand owners to enter the recall data once and for retailers to receive fast, accurate, and complete information. RRE subscribers reap the benefits of improved consumer safety and enhanced industry reputation as well as efficiently eliminating duplicative work and reducing the chance of errors. 

Specifically, RRE was created to address:

  • Product removal timelines and accuracy
  • Reliable, standardized communications
  • Consumer protection and confidence
  • Brand protection and assurance

RRE features / and capabilities include: 

  • A standardized format and recall form; 
  • Two-way communication between recalling firm and recipient; 
  • Product handling instructions; and 
  • A recall audit report that provides capabilities to verify notification and receipt.

Watch this brief video to learn more about Rapid Recall Exchange and its benefits. To subscribe to or access RRE, visit www.rapidrecallexchange.orgFor additional questions, contact FMI here.

Additional Resources

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspects and regulates meat and poultry products. FSIS is responsible for ensuring that these products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled. FSIS also inspects pasteurized egg produced in Federally inspected plants. (See the FDA web site for more information on egg products).

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)


FDA recalls can involve foods, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, and other products regulated by FDA. Most recalls of FDA regulated products are carried out voluntarily by the manufacturers or distributors of the product. In some instances, a company discovers that one of its products is defective and recalls it entirely on its own. In others. FDA informs a company of findings that one of its products is defective and requests a recall.

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