CFIA Recall procedure: A Guide for Food Businesses

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) created this guidance to help you prepare a recall procedure to carry out effective recalls. It may also be used to assist you with complying with the requirements of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) regarding recall procedures (subsection 84(1) and section 85 of the SFCR).

What is included

This guidance provides a step-by-step approach that you may wish to consider for your recall procedure to implement a recall quickly and effectively.

Roles and responsibilities

You are responsible for complying with the law and ensuring that food for which you are responsible for is safe for human consumption. You may demonstrate compliance by ensuring that the food, the establishment in which the food is prepared and any activities conducted in relation to the food (among other areas you may be responsible for) meet relevant legislative requirements including food safety and, where applicable, those pertaining to food recalls.

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