U.S Code last checked for updates: May 29, 2024
§ 350l.
Mandatory recall authority
(a)
Voluntary procedures
(b)
Prehearing order to cease distribution and give notice
(1)
In general
If the responsible party refuses to or does not voluntarily cease distribution or recall such article within the time and in the manner prescribed by the Secretary (if so prescribed), the Secretary may, by order require, as the Secretary deems necessary, such person to—
(A)
immediately cease distribution of such article; and
(B)
as applicable, immediately notify all persons—
(i)
manufacturing, processing, packing, transporting, distributing, receiving, holding, or importing and selling such article; and
(ii)
to which such article has been distributed, transported, or sold, to immediately cease distribution of such article.1
1
 So in original. The words “to immediately cease distribution of such article.” probably should follow cl. (ii).
(2)
Required additional information
(A)
In general
(B)
Rules of construction
Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed—
(i)
to exempt a warehouse-based third party logistics provider from the requirements of this chapter, including the requirements in this section and section 350c of this title; or
(ii)
to exempt a warehouse-based third party logistics provider from being the subject of a mandatory recall order.
(3)
Determination to limit areas affected
(c)
Hearing on order
(d)
Post-hearing recall order and modification of order
(1)
Amendment of order
If, after providing opportunity for an informal hearing under subsection (c), the Secretary determines that removal of the article from commerce is necessary, the Secretary shall, as appropriate—
(A)
amend the order to require recall of such article or other appropriate action;
(B)
specify a timetable in which the recall shall occur;
(C)
require periodic reports to the Secretary describing the progress of the recall; and
(D)
provide notice to consumers to whom such article was, or may have been, distributed.
(2)
Vacating of order
(e)
Rule regarding alcoholic beverages
(f)
Cooperation and consultation
(g)
Public notification
In conducting a recall under this section, the Secretary shall—
(1)
ensure that a press release is published regarding the recall, as well as alerts and public notices, as appropriate, in order to provide notification—
(A)
of the recall to consumers and retailers to whom such article was, or may have been, distributed; and
(B)
that includes, at a minimum—
(i)
the name of the article of food subject to the recall;
(ii)
a description of the risk associated with such article; and
(iii)
to the extent practicable, information for consumers about similar articles of food that are not affected by the recall;
(2)
consult the policies of the Department of Agriculture regarding providing to the public a list of retail consignees receiving products involved in a Class I recall and shall consider providing such a list to the public, as determined appropriate by the Secretary; and
(3)
if available, publish on the Internet Web site of the Food and Drug Administration an image of the article that is the subject of the press release described in (1).2
2
 So in original. Probably should be “paragraph (1).”
(h)
No delegation
(i)
Effect
(j)
Coordinated communication
(1)
In general
(2)
Requirements
To reduce the potential for miscommunication during recalls or regarding investigations of a food borne illness outbreak associated with a food that is subject to a recall, each incident command operation or similar operation under paragraph (1) shall use regular staff and resources of the Department of Health and Human Services to—
(A)
ensure timely and coordinated communication within the Department, including enhanced communication and coordination between different agencies and organizations within the Department;
(B)
ensure timely and coordinated communication from the Department, including public statements, throughout the duration of the investigation and related foodborne illness outbreak;
(C)
identify a single point of contact within the Department for public inquiries regarding any actions by the Secretary related to a recall;
(D)
coordinate with Federal, State, local, and tribal authorities, as appropriate, that have responsibilities related to the recall of a food or a foodborne illness outbreak associated with a food that is subject to the recall, including notification of the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Education in the event such recalled food is a commodity intended for use in a child nutrition program (as identified in section 1769f(b) of title 42); and
(E)
conclude operations at such time as the Secretary determines appropriate.
(3)
Multiple recalls
(June 25, 1938, ch. 675, § 423, as added Pub. L. 111–353, title II, § 206(a), Jan. 4, 2011, 124 Stat. 3939.)
cite as: 21 USC 350l