A food recall is a voluntary action by a manufacturer or distributor to protect the public from products that may cause health problems or possible death. The purpose of a recall is to remove meat or poultry 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).
- Responding to a Food Recall – This manuals is designed for foodservice directors and managers to reference when a food recall notice for a USDA commodity food is issued through USDA/FNS, or a food recall notice is issued for a purchased food by the manufacturer or responsible government entity.
- FSIS Recall Website
- FDA Recall Website
- Implementing a Recall Program For Small Meat Processors – Pork Fact Sheet produced by Dr. Benjy Mikel (University of Kentucky).
- Regulatory Issues: Handling a Recall – FDA’s updated industry guidance document devotes several pages to the submission of recall-related information to the agency.
- The Food Recall Manual – The Association of Food & Drug Officials’ (AFDO) recall manual used to identify and recover potentially adulterated, misbranded, and/or hazardous foods in order to prevent potential food safety problems or economic fraud.
- FSIS Directive 8080.1 – Revision 7: Recall of Meat and Poultry Products – This directive provides the terminology, responsibilities, and public notification procedures regarding the voluntary recall of FSIS-inspected meat and poultry products.
- FSIS Small Plant News – Product Recalls
- Improving Recalls At The Food Safety And Inspection Service (FSIS) – A report of the recall policy working group that was conducted by USDA/FSIS.