Enforcement Report Information and Definitions
FDA recall information is available on the Enforcement Report site by selecting the "View Weekly Enforcement Reports" button, the "Search Enforcement Reports" (i.e., Advanced Search) button, or by choosing the Archived Enforcement Reports link.
Within the weekly Enforcement Report section, Users may access weekly reports by first selecting the desired year and month on the pull down menus and clicking on the links that correspond to the report week of interest.
Users can also synthesize tailored reports via the "Search Enforcement Reports" (i.e., Advanced Search) section by selecting specific or a combination of criteria that includes:
- Product Description
- Code Information
- Product Type
- Recall Class
- Recalling Firm
- Recall Number
- Reason for Recall
- Classification Date
- Event ID
To search for products determined to meet the definition of a recall but have yet to be classified, select "Not Yet Classified" from the "Recall Class" drop-down menu. Selecting this will render the "Classified" date fields unusable; the reason being records identified as "Not Yet Classified" lack a classification date. All other fields will remain available for filtering the search results.
Upon accessing the desired weekly or tailored report, users have four different ways to view recall information:
- Product View
- Event View
- Print View (only available under the weekly reports section)
- Export to CSV
The default view for the Enforcement Report is the Product View. This view displays recall information by product. To retrieve additional information about the recalled product, select the "VIEW DETAILS" link. A recall event may include more than one recalled product.
An alternate view of the Enforcement Report recall information will be the Event View. To choose this view, select the "View by Event" link to the right of the "View by Product" displayed under the page title. To retrieve additional information about a recall event, select the "VIEW DETAILS" link.
The ”Print View” (FIGURE 1) displays all the recall information for each Product Type, separated into tabs by commodity, on one page allowing users to more easily cut and paste information relevant to their needs.
FIGURE 1: Sample PRINT VIEW
Archived Enforcement Reports can be accessed by selecting the link in the left-hand navigation box on the Enforcement Report home page. This section allows access to the Enforcement Reports published from July 21, 2010 through mid-June 2012.
|Recalling Firm||The firm that initiates a recall|
Numerical designation (I, II, or III) that is assigned by FDA to a particular product recall that indicates the relative degree of health hazard. For recalls pending classification, the entry will display as “Not Yet Classified”
Class I is 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 is 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 is a situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences
Shows the progress of a recall
A recall which is currently in progress
A recall which has reached the point at which the firm has actually retrieved and impounded all outstanding product that could reasonably be expected to be recovered, or has completed all product corrections
A recall where FDA has determined that all reasonable efforts have been made to remove or correct the violative product in accordance with the recall strategy, and proper disposition has been made according to the degree of hazard
General area of initial distribution such as states, countries, or territories. Note that subsequent distribution by the consignees to other parties may not be included
Brief description of the product
A list of all lot and/or serial numbers, product numbers, expiration dates, sell or use by dates, etc., which appear on the product or its labeling
Reason for Recall
Information describing how the product is defective Product Quantity - The amount of product subject to recall
Designates that a recall was initiated voluntarily by a firm on its own volition or after being requested to recall by FDA. “Mandatory” designates that a recall was initiated under a mandatory (statuatory) recall authority, a court order, or FDA order.
Recall Initiation Date
The date that the firm first began notifying the public or their consignees of the recall
Initial Firm Notification of Consignee or Public
The method(s) by which the firm initially notified the public or their consignees of a recall
An alphanumeric designation assigned by FDA to a specific, classified recalled product (used for tracking purposes)
A numerical designation assigned by FDA to a specific recall event (used for tracking purposes)
Center Classification Date
The date that FDA classified the recalled products as Class I, II, or III
The date that FDA terminated the recall