Recall Management

Recall Management

Learn more from the recent Recall Management edition of The Global Advisor – The essential monthly report from Control Risks and Hiscox providing insight and analysis for product risk managers and recall brokers.

Trend and Analysis - Food and Beverage Recalls

Fruits and vegetables recalled for Listeria monocytogenes were the top category for recalls January through August of 2022. This was closely followed by nuts and snack foods. Two other food categories for recalls that top the list are prepared foods and confectionary. For the months of June through August the four top categories for recalls were prepared foods, seafood and fish, bakery, and dairy.

In June through August 2022, bakery products were recalled due to undeclared allergens, potential for microbial contamination and foreign material while seafood and fish were recalled for Listeria monocytogenes and undeclared allergens.


Recent notable recalls 

In July, there were a few pet food recalls due to the potential for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella contamination.

The Centers for Disease Control is actively investigating an outbreak of listeriosis that has been linked to Big Olaf ice cream. Through August there have been 25 illnesses, 24 hospitalisations and one death linked to this product. Affected product has been recalled.

In July and August there were several recalls for bakery items and nutritional and beverage products due to the potential for microbial contamination, including Cronobacter sakazakii and Clostridium botulinum.

In August, flavoured juice drinks were recalled due to the potential for Clean-In-Place (CIP) solution having entered the product stream.



The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported 167 food and beverage recalls through August of this year. The US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported 29 recalls through August of 2022.

Products contaminated with pathogens, primarily Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, and product misbranded due to undeclared allergens were the top reasons for food and beverage recalls through August of 2022 and accounted for about 77% of all food and beverage recalls.

The other 23% of food and beverage recalls were due to the presence of foreign materials found in products and for regulatory violations such as lack of proper inspection for USDA regulated products and products containing unallowed substances.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) carried out a total of 196 food and beverage recalls from January through August of 2022. This is at parity with the same period in 2021, when 187 recalls occurred.

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