Recalls are part of food safety in our present culture. Manufacturers and retailers are both affected by these recalls. Many manufacturers are required by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls for Human Food rules to have a recall program in place in case they need to remove their products from the market place. The FDA has recall coordination staff located throughout the U.S. that can be consulted on performing a recall.

The retail food industry should receive notification of recalls that affect them through their suppliers. This information should include instructions on handling the affected products. Each retail establishment should keep records of how and when they were notified of a recall and what their actions were regarding the product.

Another resource for information on recalls will be the DHSS staff in your area or the local public health agencies.