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Welcome to our newsletter. It delivers important news and information, as well as identifying useful resources that can enhance your organization's competitiveness in the food industry. Our focus is on helping you to achieve and maintain an approved GFSI food safety certification. In doing so, we typically become a valued business partner to our clients. 

How Sound is your Recall Plan?       


Recall Plans are essential to food safety programs. A food recall includes any corrective action by a company needed to protect consumers from potentially adverse effects of a contaminated, adulterated, or misbranded product.


A documented Recall Plan indicates how an organization will track and recall its products. The system should enable the company to trace back one step and trace forward one step in the event of a recall. The plan should include procedures, recall team roles with contact information, and ready-to-use example documents such as press releases, customer contact forms, product reconciliation forms, etc.


Negative publicity can be minimized if a food producer demonstrates a rapid, effective response followed by enhanced systems to prevent the problem from occurring in the future.


GFSI-benchmarked food safety certifications require traceability and product recall capabilities. Most require not only documented plans but also proof of having conducted mock recalls to verify these plans.


Recently, publicity has increased surrounding recalls of products like peanut butter, ground beef, milk, spinach, and pet food. Companies must establish measures to effectively mitigate recall risk, or, if a recall is necessary, to manage the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.


The Food Safety Modernization Act strengthens enforcement by granting the FDA and USDA capabilities that include ordering recalls, requiring that all products be traceable, detaining and destroying unsafe food, and applying civil fines to those organizations that break laws.


When a complaint or notification is received, a tested Recall Plan provides guidelines and eliminate mistakes made under stress when determining what actions to take. With a traceability system and a well-conceived plan, a recall is more likely to be successful and less expensive.


To ensure preparedness for a product recall, it is strongly recommended that those in the food industry work with knowledgeable food safety consultants to develop or verify a food safety quality management system. 

Food Safety in the News 
October, 2014



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Recall Plan
In the News
Don Steele, PSV Food Safety Consultants 
Don Steele

We are a network of food safety consultants with seasoned expertise in helping clients become certified under approved GFSI schemes. Our consultants work closely with you to develop a certification strategy that best fits your unique situation and budget. And our turnkey consulting approach ensures your certification success in a timely fashion...satisfaction guaranteed!.




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How can your business and facilities become certified to a GFSI approved scheme? This detailed, customized report explains the steps involved and provides North American organizations with an estimate for consulting, Registrar and auditing fees. It also gives you an idea of the timeframe typically required for a company like yours to achieve a GFSI food safety certification. And just for requesting the Report, we will send a FREE publication, "Marketing your Food Safety Certification - How to Promote your Food Safety Certification," which explains how to leverage your GFSI-approved certification to gain more business.