U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has revised Directive 8080.1, “Managing Adulterated or Misbranded Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products,” to broaden the scope of recalls to now include egg products.

The revision provides instructions for large-scale recalls and recalls of ingredients regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The revised directive on food product recalls by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) introduces notable changes to enhance recall procedures.

One significant update is the inclusion of egg products, expanding the directive’s coverage to ensure a comprehensive approach to recalls across various food categories.

Additionally, the revision introduces new definitions for Class III recalls, specifying situations where product use will not cause adverse health consequences.

The directive clarifies the circumstances under which FSIS may issue Public Health Alerts (PHAs), emphasizing evidence of product adulteration, misbranding, or a persistent public health risk.

Markedly, the directive underscores the collaboration between FSIS and firms during recalls, aiming to ensure the effective identification and removal of recalled products.

Lastly, a recall is presented as an alternative to the detention or seizure of products in commerce, with FSIS retaining the authority for additional actions if necessary, such as issuing PHAs or detaining products.

The revised directive emphasizes the importance of a coordinated and proactive approach to managing recalls, with a focus on protecting public health and ensuring the proper removal of adulterated or misbranded products from the market.

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