Welcome to week 4 of the HACCP Mentor Food Safety HACCP Challenge. This week’s challenge is an easy one which doesn’t require too much effort. It is also one that often gets overlooked as part of the food product recall review process. Hopefully, your business will never have to use this piece of information but like all of risk planning, we still need to be prepared.
This week you are challenged to review the external contacts that have been documented within your food product recall management plan. This will include contacts for regulators, suppliers, key customers, media agencies, legal representation, testing laboratories and other business specialists.
Food Product Recall
Every food business should have a food product recall plan documented for their business. It makes good business sense to have planned arrangements in-place prior to having to undertake a food product recall. This will reduce time and confusion during an actual food product recall and ensure that contacts are readily available.
How to achieve this Challenge
Step 1: Print off or access a current copy of your food product recall contacts.
Step 2: Check that the contact details are still current. This may involve calling the agency for any updates or reviewing their websites. It is also a good idea to double check any individual persons name and contact details at this time.
Step 3: Make any required updates to your recall documentation.
Note: Make sure that you update your document amendment list and document control requirements if changes were made.
Documented requirements for Recall Plans
Depending on where your food business is located, there may be legal requirements stipulated around what needs to be included in your food product recall plan. If you are third party certified to any of the accredited GFSI standards, food product recall plans which include relevant contact details are required to be documented and kept up-to-date.
Access government contacts
You can find a list of government contacts on the majority of food safety websites in your country of manufacture or a country that you are exporting to. Here are some links to major ones:
Australia / New Zealand: Click here
Canada: Click Here
USA: Click Here
UK / Scotland / Wales: Click Here
Tip: To find your local food product recall government contact, just google “How do I notify a food recall in xxx country”.
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