FDA Issues Final Guidance on Mandatory Recall Authority

The FDA released its final plan regarding its mandatory recall authority under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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December 4, 2018
Edited by QA Staff
The FDA released its final plan regarding its mandatory recall authority under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
 
The 2011 food safety law gave the FDA the power to force a recall of food if there is a reasonable probability it is adulterated or misbranded and could cause serious illness or death. The law says FDA must give the responsible party an opportunity to issue a recall before ordering a mandatory recall.
 
Prior to the FSMA, the FDA could only rely on manufacturers to voluntarily recall certain potentially harmful food products.
 
The FDA first released its mandatory recall guidelines in 2015. The final document, released Nov. 5, includes some changes based on comments the agency received.
 
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