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Food Recall and Withdrawals

A food recall is either a food manufacturer or suppliers’ voluntary response to a mislabeling, or potential hazard by removing a product from the market place or it is mandated by the FDA in response to a food safety issue determined. The most common reasons for food recalls are allergen mislabeling and the presence of pathogens. Other reasons behind food recalls include incorrect packaging, wrong food labels, and physical contamination. The importance of having a food recall plan is to ensure quick and efficient removal of affected products from the market place and to allow the identification of key areas of needed improvement to prevent future hazards. Recall and withdrawal procedures are required for food manufacturers under the final FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule for “Preventative Controls for Human Foods for hazards requiring control.

Format: Self-Paced, fully online, approx. 4-6 hours

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a recall plan for their facility and be able to complete a first draft by the end of the course.

  • Identify key areas of improvement and conduct risk assessment to ensure the safe production of food products and identifying the need to recall a food product.

  • Learn how to proactively test your recall procedures with recall simulations and create improvements.

  • Learn which tool are resources are available from the FDA and how they can be used.


The participant will receive a certificate of successful completion for the course after passing a written knowledge test following the training class.


The course is designed for:

  • QA and QC Managers

  • Food Safety Personnel

  • HACCP Coordinators

  • Corporate and Plant Microbiologists

  • Processing Engineers

  • Operations Supervisors and Managers


Online benefits content compared to in-person: 

  • Self paced- allows flexibility

  • Online support with instructor as needed

  • Affordable and competitive pricing – a great way to supplement in-person training by creating a strong baseline prior to enrolling for in person training

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