STEP TEN: FIX THE CAUSE OF THE RECALL
Depending on the nature of the food recall, how you x the initial cause can vary
dramatically. For example, if your product is found to contain an undeclared allergen, then
this can be rectied by either changing the packaging or changing the recipe. If the issue
stemmed from somewhere in your hazard analysis system or food production line, this
would need to involve a more careful consideration and evaluation of your procedures. It’s
essential that you x the cause of the recall to prevent it, to the best of your ability, from
STEP NINE: DISPOSE OF RECALLED PRODUCTS
In the majority of cases, food that’s been recalled will need to be disposed of. How you
dispose of the item will change based on the reason for the recall. For example, if something
contains a foreign object (e.g. plastic) then this would be disposed of very dierently to
something that contained harmful bacteria like listeria. You should ensure that you have
food disposal procedures in place for recall situations.
Additionally, depending on the nature of the food recall, it may be necessary for you to keep
a sample of the product for testing.
FOOD PRODUCT RECALL EXAMPLES
Food recalls happen all the time and often they are not thought to cause serious concern.
However, there have been cases in which recalls have made national news.
GRAZE RECALLS VEGAN SNACK
In March 2019, snack company Graze recalled a
product that they labelled as vegan when it was
found that it actually contained milk. The ‘Sea
Salt and Vinegar Veg Crunchers’ were not only
mislabelled to be vegan, but also posed a serious
risk to anybody who had a milk intolerance or
allergy and judged that the product was safe to eat.
The company apologised for the product and
claimed that no other products had been aected.
However, Graze are not the only company who
have been caught out by this, with many other
companies also missing allergen information from
their packaging every week.
Image taken from Graze