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Food Recalls

When Are Food Products Recalled?

Food recalls are typically announced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Food may be recalled due to:

  • Food being linked to an outbreak of foodborne illness
  • Testing of food samples identifies a food safety issue
  • Inspections of food plants identifies a food safety hazard
  • Consumer complaints
  • Food companies identify a problem
  • Reports of tampering
  • Mislabelled ingredient list

Who is Responsible for Removing the Food Product from Sale?

The producer of the food is responsible for removing their recalled product from sale. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) does conduct checks in the market place to ensure foods have been removed. The Health Unit may also assist with food recalls by checking food premises during inspections to ensure foods that have been recalled are not served to the public.

What Should I Do When I Hear About a Food Recall?

When you become aware of a food recall, you can protect yourself and your family by:

  • Checking to see if buy the product that has been recalled
  • Check storage cupboards, the refrigerator and freezer to make sure you have not stored the product for later use
  • Follow instructions provided in the recall notice such as return to the store or dispose of the product

Resources

For more information about food recalls and to get the most up to date list of foods that have been recalled visit: