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Recalls on the Rise - Be Prepared with Food Products Recall Manual

Recalls of food products continue to climb and The Food Institute reports that recalls in the fourth quarter of 2011 were up in excess of 50% over the same period as the previous year. The Food Products Recall Manual has been utilized by thousands of companies over the past decade, and had just been updated with cutting-edge information on dealing with food recalls.

Posted: Mar 06, 2012

Upper Saddle River, NJ (March 6, 2012) Recalls of food products continue to climb and The Food Institute reports that recalls in the fourth quarter of 2011 were up in excess of 50% over the same period as the previous year. The Food Products Recall Manual has been utilized by thousands of companies over the past decade, and had just been updated with cutting-edge information on dealing with food recalls.

The decision to remove a product from both distribution channels and consumer hands involves a multitude of legal and business considerations. Food firms, from the largest consumer product manufacturers to the smallest specialty food producer, must be prepared to react expeditiously to any potential recall.

This fourth edition of the Food Products Recall Manual includes step-by-step guidelines, starting with the basics of dealing with the press in the event of a recall. Many companies do not even have an idea what their responsibilities are to government agencies, such as the Food & Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture, and what penalties could be incurred for not following the rules. Furthermore, under the new Food Safety & Modernization Act, the government has an even larger stake of what happens during a recall.

Recalls are not pleasant experiences. Given the public's growing concern about food safety, a recall can quickly escalate into a local, national or even international news story. But, it need not be a cause for panic. Following responsible and sensible procedures, as outlined in the updated Food Products Recall Manual, can help contain any fallout. The manual also includes special sections on "Handling the Logistics of a Product Recall", contributed by Stericycle ExpertRECALL, and a section on "Handling the Media" by Dezenhall Resources.

The guide can be ordered online by clicking here, or by calling Sue Antista at (201) 791-5570, ext. 212.

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