Dealing With Food Product Recall
R&DE has a product recall policy in place which is expected of all vendors to ensure that our students have a wholesome food supply. Every week there is a product recall somewhere in the United States. The most recent is the recall of peanut butter manufactured by Sunland Peanut Butter Plant in New Mexico, which does not affect Stanford.
A food recall is a voluntary action by a processor or distributor to protect the public from products that may cause health problems. The recent Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law by President Obama afforded the FDA a new mandatory recall authority. Some of the reasons that necessitate food recall by food processors, manufacturers or distributors include the detection of pathogen in a product that may make consumers sick, presence of a potential allergen in a product and mislabeling or misbranding of food.
R&DE now requires all vendors to notify us within one hour of them becoming aware of a product recall. Vendors will immediately call five R&DE officials including the unit(s) that received the recalled product. The notification will include the product codes to enable managers to pull the product and the class of recall.
CLASS I: There is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause serious
adverse health hazard or death.
CLASS II: There is a remote probability of adverse health consequences by eating
CLASS III: Eating the food will not cause adverse health consequences.
The vendors immediately follow the phone calls with an email that notifies managers of all R&DE dining, catering and retail units and Executive Directors. These officials visit the unit(s) to confirm that the recalled products have indeed been pulled and discarded. One of our responsibilities to you is serving you delicious, healthy and safe food. Food safety is thus priority one.
—DANIEL ARCHER, MPH, REHS
SAFETY, SANITATION AND
ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE MANAGER
For more info, contact Daniel: