Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

Commodity Hold and Recall Process


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

To: All School Nutrition Program Sponsors, County Superintendents of Schools, Diocesan Superintendents of Schools

Number: 01-410

Attention: Food Services Directors

Date: November 2001

Subject: Commodity Hold and Recall Process

Reference: United States Department of Agriculture DA Bulletin Number ALL-2001-01

This management bulletin provides updated information regarding the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) process for handling commodity holds and recalls. The Commodity Hold and Recall process is used when a food safety issue is raised about a USDA commodity. The process does not relieve vendors of their responsibility for replacement and reimbursement of recalled products.

The Commodity Hold and Recall process was jointly developed by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Attached is a summary of the new process, which became effective August 1, 2001.

If you suspect a food safety issue, please contact FNS immediately through their commodity complaint hotline at 1-800-446-6991. You may also contact the Food Administration Unit at 1-800-952-5609, or your local health department.

Attachment

Commodity Hold and Recall Process at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/fd/holdrecallchart.asp

Questions: Amy Bell | abell@cde.ca.gov | 800-952-5609 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Related Content
Recently Posted in Nutrition
  • August 25, 2020 Tuesday at 2 Webinar (added 18-Sep-2020)
    The CDE NSD hosted the eighth Tuesday @ 2: School Nutrition Town Hall webinar on August 25, 2020 for school food service operators, chief business officials, and community partners.
  • COVID 19: FFVP School Year 2020–21 Waivers (added 18-Sep-2020)
    Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division two waivers for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for School Year 2020–21.
  • COVID-19: CNP Response 47 and Q&A (added 14-Sep-2020)
    The CDE NSD is pleased to announce that on September 11, 2020, the USDA released a new Nationwide Waiver and Q&A related to the Nationwide Waiver to allow SFSP and SSO through December 2020.
  • Cook with Kids! Cooking Event Planner (added 11-Sep-2020)
    A resource for planning cooking and nutrition education for children in the classroom.
  • Local Agency Procurement Review for SY 2020–21 (added 10-Sep-2020)
    A list of program operators scheduled for an off-site local agency procurement review in School Year (SY) 2020–21.

  • Public Safety Power Shutoff Event September 2020 (added 08-Sep-2020)
    Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) have announced that public safety power shutoffs are in progress due to extreme weather and fire danger.
  • SFSP Annual Update 2020–21 (added 08-Sep-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) has opened the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Annual Update in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) for School Year (SY) 2020–21 (October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021).
  • September 6, 2020 Statewide Emergency: Fires (added 08-Sep-2020)
    On September 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an emergency proclamation for the counties of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, San Bernardino, and San Diego County.
  • CFAITC Free Two Day Virtual AgVentura (added 08-Sep-2020)
    The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC) is offering a free two day virtual AgVentura in lieu of the 2020 California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference.
  • Build the Local School Wellness Policy (added 04-Sep-2020)
    The Nutrition Services Division Build the Local School Wellness Policy online course.