Food Safety Recall Procedures

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issues food recalls in the event of a public safety hazard. Recalls could be the result of physical, chemical or biological hazards associated with food meant for human consumption. These hazards could be foreign objects such as plastic or metal fragments, cleaning solution contamination, or a situation such as E. coli O157:H7 or Salmonella bacteria contamination. The majority of recalls are voluntarily instituted by the companies or businesses involved in their sale, distribution or production to ensure that all effected products are recalled effectively and consumer health and safety is preserved. CFIA works with the responsible parties to ensure that the recall is effective, and advises the general public about the recall.

CPMA works with CFIA to provide industry input into recall procedures and recovery efforts and to inform our members when they may be impacted by a recall. When necessary, CPMA members will receive a timely and comprehensive communication outlining the recall information and related details.