Food Recall

Policy

Category: Food Safety
Subject: Food Recall
Division: Health Protection
Policy Number: CA.80.01.111
Effective Date: November 1, 2015

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the policy of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH), Health Protection Division to respond and provide support for food recall notifications, as requested by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

Where applicable, WDGPH’s response to a food recall notification shall include, but is not limited to:

  • Action with respect to a food recall, as soon as possible following a written request by the Chief Medical Officer of Health, particularly for Class I food recalls;
  • Support for CFIA requests for assistance with recalls, as requested by the MOHLTC. If WDGPH increases its activities beyond the scope of the recall, it shall notify the MOHLTC, who in turn will notify the CFIA’s Area Recall Coordinator;
  • Immediate notification to the CFIA’s Area Recall Coordinator when product that is being recalled is found;
  • Monitoring for recalled food in the marketplace, as part of regular inspections of food premises.
  • WDGPH shall monitor the CFIA’s web-based Food Recalls and Allergy Alerts and develop communication mechanisms with institutions that serve high-risk populations (such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, and day nurseries), to ensure they are aware of potential food safety risks and are able to take appropriate action.

SCOPE

This policy applies to all WDGPH employees working in the Health Protection Division.

DEFINITIONS

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 IIis a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

Class IIIis a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause any adverse health consequences.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Procedure: CA.80.02.111  Food Recall
Ontario Public Health Standards, Food Safety Protocol, as current

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Manager, Health Protection

APPROVED BY

Director, Health Protection 


Procedure

Category: Food Safety
Subject: Food Recall
Division: Health Protection
Procedure Number: CA.80.02.111
Effective Date: November 1, 2015

PROCEDURE

When notified (no external agency assistance requested):
  1. All Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) are to subscribe to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA’s) web-based Food Recall email listserv distribution list.
  2. When notified of a Class I recall due to a food product contaminated with a pathogenic microorganism via the CFIA listserv, the PHI Food Recall subject lead will forward the information to the Health Protection Division (HPD) Program Assistant or to Corporate Communications to be posted as a local health advisory on the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) website section.
  3. The HPD Program Assistant or Corporate Communications will then forward a hyperlink to the PHI Food Recall subject lead, who will then forward to the HPD.
  4. The recall information will be posted on the WDGPH website, for a maximum of two weeks, unless the PHI Food Recall subject lead and management choose to extend this period.
  5. When the Food Recall subject lead is absent, that individual will assign an alternate to perform the required duties.
When notified (external agency assistance requested):
  1. Food recalls shall be conducted in accordance with the Food Safety Protocol 2015 (or as current), Ontario Public Health Standards.
  2. A copy of this protocol is maintained in the HPD offices in Orangeville, Fergus and Guelph and is available online at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/oph_standards/d…
  3. The PHI shall follow all directions as provided by the requesting agency, including the completion of all corresponding forms and documentation. (i.e. product type, lot codes, implicated food premises etc.).
  4. The Food Recall subject lead, or alternate, will collate the collection of all effectiveness checks conducted by HPD staff.
  5. The PHI shall monitor for recalled food in the marketplace as part of regular inspections of food premises.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Management will:
  • Provide support to PHI in the field;
  • Attend teleconferences as directed by requesting agencies;
  • Provide regular updates to senior management, as required; and
  • Increase the scope of the recall, as required.
Employees will:
  • Be available to assist on evenings and weekends, if necessary.

DEFINITIONS

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 the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

Class III is a situation in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause any adverse health consequences.

REFERENCES AND RELATED FORMS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Corresponding Policy CA.80.01.111 Food Recall
Food Safety Protocol, 2015 (or as current), Ontario Public Health Standards
Health Protection & Promotion Act

CONTACT FOR INQUIRIES

Manager, Health Protection

APPROVED BY

Director, Health Protection