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Food Recalls

Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market.  Recalls may be conducted on a firms own initiative, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture Consumer Services, or by the US Food & Drug Administration.

Types of Recalls:

  • Class I recall: a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.
  • Class II recall: a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.
  • Class III recall: a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.
  • Market withdrawal: occurs when a product has a minor violation that would not be subject to legal action. The firm removes the product from the market or corrects the violation. For example, a product removed from the market due to tampering, without evidence of manufacturing or distribution problems, would be a market withdrawal.

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Last Updated: 12-02-2011

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