FDA Peanut Butter Recalls Guide

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How to Handle FDA Recall Situation the Right Way



Due to a number of factors, plenty of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recalls happened throughout the years. A recall may take place after a product fails the standard test of FDA or after it has been proven to cause serious illnesses to people. Normally, whoever is the company or manufacturer must willingly recall the products.


In case the company fails to initiate a recall, the FDA will then inform the manufacturer to do the recall. The company must follow the request. In the event that they refuse to recall the products, the federal government will then act to seize the products after issuing a court order.


In FDA recalls, there are certain guidelines that must be followed. Let us take for example you are the manufacturer of the product. In this case, you are solely liable to ensure that the recalls go through without a glitch. Listed below are the three easy steps you must take:


1. Delegate a recall coordinator and gather evidence.

In the course of product recall, it is relatively crucial to name a recall coordinator who will not only help you organize the company properly, but also answer any queries on your behalf. Apart from delegating a coordinator, it is crucial to gather as much evidence as possible. This will certainly help you handle the situation much easily when asked about the need for recall campaign.


2. Analyze evidence, work with FDA on classification and get the word out.

Once you have gathered sufficient evidence, you must now evaluate them before working with FDA on classifying the situation. Is your current situation can be classified as Class I (most severe) or Class III (least severe)? As soon as the recall has been classified, next step you must take is to inform the public about the situation. You can simply tell the press about the situation or post the notification on your company’s official website. When sending the word out to the public, you must be very cautious in telling all the details. As much as possible, you must only tell the information you know is true.


3. Monitor the recall and dispose of the product.

Once the message is out, next step you need to do is to monitor the situation. Visiting news site, such as www.fda-news.com, is the best way to keep yourself updated with the prevailing FDA recalls. Preferably, you have to ensure that complete details are maintained, such as the total quantity of products that have already been accounted for as well as the total number of contacted consignees. Additionally, do not forget to inform the FDA and other overseeing agencies about your plans in disposing of the products. This can serve as your way in notifying them about your efforts in solving the situation. You can now request for the termination of the recall as soon as you have discarded the products.


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How to Manage FDA Recall Situation the Proper Way



The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now recalling all Trader Joe's peanut butter manufactured from March 1, 2010 to September 24, 2012 by Sunland of Portales after finding that the samples taken from the plant were contaminated by salmonella.


It has also been found that the salmonella found from the samples is the primary reason why approximately 35 people in 19 states became sick due to salmonella outbreak. Most of the victims are children aged ten years old and below from California and Texas. Nonetheless, no deaths have been reported from the incident.


Based on the statement of the company’s spokeswoman Katalin Coburn, the organization has no idea how salmonella gets into the product because it is in the nature of legumes to have bacteria on it since they are grown in the ground. As a result of the salmonella outbreak, a lot of food manufacturing companies are now being compelled to provide plans in handling the situation and ensuring product quality from intake to final sale.


They were also mandated to identify the preventive actions in managing possible risks. In the case of Sunland, on the other hand, roasting and processing peanuts at approximately 345 degrees for half an hour is the best way to kill salmonella and other forms of bacteria. Following the FDA recalls, the company has not yet produced any peanut butter since Sept. 24.


Among the products recalled by FDA are Archer Farms Creamy Cashew Butter, Sprout’s Creamy Almond Butter, Open Nature Crunchy Peanut Butter and Sunland Natural Tahini. You can check the company’s official website or visit http://www.fda-news.com for a complete list of the recalled products.


Aside from roasting and processing peanuts, the company has employed an outside auditor, Silliker Laboratories of Allentown, PA., to help confirm the safety of food. Coburn said that as of the moment the company always receives a rating of above 90%. To get proper credit, the federal government warns the people to discard or return the products.


In addition, they notify the people to keep themselves alert of the safety issues of the products they are using (not merely peanut butter), and to familiarize themselves with the FDA recall policies. Based on the statement of FDA authorities, they said that anyone who discovers a recall must adhere to directive and must immediately seek for a doctor’s or lawyer’s advice.


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