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Recalls - Summary of Public Comments

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Background

Transparency Report Arrow Summary of Public Comments

Considerations

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Summary of Public Comments

When making suggestions about FDA’s recall procedures, comments from industry, consumer groups, and individuals acknowledged the importance of protecting the public.  An industry group stated that “I want to stress again that we all have the same priority—protecting the public health.”  

Industry comments stated that FDA should disclose more information about the basis for recalls, including risk assessments and the underlying scientific basis for the recall, without revealing a company’s proprietary information.  Consumer groups and individuals requested notifications from FDA about more recalls, including recalls for products with undeclared food allergens, as well as those classified as Class II or Class III recalls by FDA. 

In addition, an individual requested that when FDA requests a recall of a food product and has the capability to check whether the product has been taken off the market, FDA should also release the names and addresses of retail outlets where that food product was sold.  A consumer group stated that FDA could provide a sign on its Web site that notifies the public that a product has been recalled, which can be downloaded by retailers and placed in establishments.

Comments from industry stated that when a safety issue arises with an FDA-regulated product, FDA should communicate when it is safe to use a product or eat the food.  Both industry and consumer groups stated that the FDA should disclose when a recall has been completed.  For example, one industry comment requested that FDA develop “an ‘all clear’ procedure that will alert the public that they can resume eating a particular food when it is again safe to do so.”