Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a new draft, under the title ‘Food Safety and Standards (Food Recall Procedure) Regulations, 2017’ which addresses the underlying need of Food Safety. The Food Recall Plan, as mentioned in the draft, means the procedures and arrangements that a food business operator shall have in place to retrieve food and food products from the food chain if a problem arises.
The plan has clear objectives, stated by the FSSAI, which are as follows –
(1) Ensure removal of food under recall from all stages of the food chain in accordance with section 28 of the Act; (2) ensure dissemination of information to concerned consumers and customers; and (3) ensure retrieval, destruction or reprocessing of food under recall.
(2) ensure dissemination of information to concerned consumers and customers; and (3) ensure retrieval, destruction or reprocessing of food under recall.
(3) ensure retrieval, destruction or reprocessing of food under recall.
As per the procedure, the food business operator shall follow the said plan, which includes complete recall process, post recall report, and the follow-up action to ensure an effectiveness of the recall.
Any complaints that are filed against the FBO by any stakeholder can initiate a recall action. So can a self-raised recall by the FBO. This also includes imported food, which are deemed unhealthy by the authorities.
Operation of the recall process highlights one major point, which ranks first in terms of priority – ‘The food business operator shall maintain the food distribution records which include the names and addresses of suppliers and customers, nature of food, date of purchase, date of delivery, lot number, batch code, pack size, brand name, date of manufacture, date of expiry and best before date, and shall maintain such records for a period of one year from best before date or the expiry date, as applicable.’
It also includes norms in case of alcoholic beverages and the distribution of foods.
The draft explains in depth, the communication processes to be used in recall plans, to inform other FBOs which might be involved in similar food chains.
Other than all the information, the draft also contains ‘Food Recall Information’ form and the structure of the status report. Lastly, the draft carries a recall termination request format, which is directly addressed to the CEO, FSSAI.
To read the complete draft, visit here.
Source – FSSAI website.