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.
Guidance for Food Retail: Product Recalls
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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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