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Despite best efforts to produce safe food, a product recall may occur. The best way to be ready for a recall is to have a program in place for your facility.
A food recall is the intentional removal of a product from the market when there are reasons to believe it may be a potential hazard for the consumer.
Some potential hazards are:
Recalls are triggered by different issues including:
Companies must be prepared to handle a recall in an efficient manner so they can prevent outbreaks and illness. A properly designed program could reduce the effects of the recall on the market and protect the company and its brand.
An effective recall program has 10 basic elements:
If your company has produced and sold unsafe products you must recall the products. Notify the local CFIA Office and provide specific information about the product. The CFIA will use this information to classify the recall and develop a risk management strategy to remove all hazardous products from store shelves.
When the product poses a serious health risk (Class I recall), the CFIA issues a public warning posted as Food Recall/Allergy Alerts.
To receive information about food products being recalled, subscribe to CFIA food recall warnings.