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Food Safety

Hold and Recall Procedures

Last Published: 03/28/2016

This page provides food safety and product recall information to State Distributing Agencies participating in USDA's Food Distribution Programs.

  • White Paper: Food Safety Enforcement and Inspection Actions and Terminology provides an overview of basic food safety enforcement terminology used by the Food Safety and Inspection Service that may impact school distributing agencies, school food authorities, and processors of USDA- regulated meat, poultry, and egg products.  A variety of resources are provided at the end of the white paper for readers who would like additional information.

  • Responding to a Food Recall This document provides an overview of the recall process for USDA Foods with a focus on school meals programs.

  • USDA/FNS Commodity Alert System This web-based public notification system will send email alerts about food safety issues with potentially significant public health impacts that affect USDA Foods.

  • Latest Recall Information This service from lists recalls of all foods within the U.S.

As a reminder, if you suspect that a USDA-distributed food may be contaminated or harmful in some way, please contact your Department of Public Health Or contact the FNS Food Safety Unit at: