Food recall is a term which means action taken to remove the spurious foods from the sale and distribution so that these foods are not consumed by anybody. The consumption of these foods
may cause serious health hazard. To prevent ant such mass-contamination of foods the authority in charge take action to remove the food from the chain of sell. The authority makes the decision of food recall when it is reported that some kind of food has been largely contaminated. The news of contamination may come from different sources like the following
- Consumers or the ultimate users
- Government agencies
- Medical practitoners
Food recall is also done if it is reported that some pet food has been contaminated. In every country there is a seperate agency to inspect the quality of the pet food. The manufacturers of the pet food and also of the fish meal always maintain the proper standard of their products. Other persons include in the trade and distribution of pet food are also very carefully observed so that food contamination does not take place in any phase of the pet food distribution. If it is reported that the pet food or fish meal have been contaminated, the authority in charge of food recall takes quick change.
In the United States of America there is Food and Drug Association in charge of inspecting the quality of animal food and also the foods and beverages for the use of men. Food and Drug Association of the United States of America always keep special watch on the quality of food imported into the country from the abroad. Though the food makers and pet food makers of the United States of America does not need to apply for a license for producing pet food products to the Food and Drug Asociation of the USA. Manufacturers of the pet foods and also of human foods use many kinds of ingredients to produce their final product. The quality of these ingredients is often checked by the Food and Drug Association of USA. But not all kinds of ingredients are checked by the inspecting agency of USA. The pet food manufacturers generally use two kinds of ingredienbts. One is vegetable ingredients or biological ingredients. It is generally taken for granted that the quality of these biological ingredients are up to the mark. But other kind of ingredients used in the preparation of animal food or human food like minerals, colorings, preservatives and also the flavorings are inspected throughly by the Food and Drug Association of the United States of America.
Food recall is also practised in the developing countries like India and pakistan. In these countries there are special agncies to watch on the quality of human food and also of pet food. The imported animal foods and pet foods are specially checked so that no contamination of food can take place. Food recall is ordered if it is found that evehn a very negligible portion of the food has been contaminated.