Course Title: Participate in product recalls

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: ONPS5238C

Course Title: Participate in product recalls

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5184 - Diploma of Food Science & Technology

Course Contact : Judi McCann

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr Sam Cutri
Tel: (03) 9925 4876

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

VBP052 - Apply basic principles of process control,
VBP073 - Demonstrate quality management practices

Course Description

This unit covers the knowledge required to identify circumstances that could warrant a product recall and to initiate and/or participate in recall processes within level of authority. This unit can apply where a person has primary responsibility for initiating a product recall or where they are required to participate in the recall decision and related process as part of a team.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FDFTECPPR4A Participate in product recalls


Identify product recall situations

Performance Criteria:

1. Identify product recall situations
1.1 Circumstances that could result in a product recall are identified
1.2 Appropriate controls are in place to manage risks
1.3 Criteria used to initiate a product recall are identified
1.4 Legal responsibilities and requirements of a recall program are identified


Participate in a product recall

Performance Criteria:

2. Participate in a product recall
2.1 The components of the product recall system in the workplace are identified
2.2 Workplace systems are used to trace ingredients, materials and batch information
2.3 Product recall procedures are implemented within level of responsibility
2.4 Procedures to define roles and levels of authority in the event of a product recall are established/reviewed


Review processes to minimise the risk of recurrence

Performance Criteria:

3. Review processes to minimise the risk of recurrence
3.1 The cause/s of the product recalls are investigated
3.2 Purchasing arrangements and inhouse procedures are established or reviewed to minimise the risk of recurrence
3.3 Consultative mechanisms are established and/or reviewed to support continuous improvement and communicate information on product recalls

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Costs of product recalls, Visit GS1, discussions, activities

Teaching Schedule

Week Date Topic/Activities/Assessments
1 Introduction Recall examples
2 Product Recall procedures
3 Site Visit
4 Quality costs Activities/assignment
5 Traceability Camille
6 Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources
Companies in Crisis - What not to do when it all goes wrong
FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts

Main Author: Doeg, Colin.
Title: Crisis management in the food and drinks industry practical approach / by Colin Doeg.
Publisher: New York : Springer, c2005.
Call Number: 659.29 D649
Location: Swanston Library

Other Author(s): Australia New Zealand Food Authority.
Title: Food industry recall protocol / Australia New Zealand Food Authority.
Publisher: Canberra : Australia New Zealand Food Authority, c1997.
Call Number: FOL 344.9404232 F686
Location: Carlton Library

Main Author: National Food Authority (Australia)
Title: Food recall protocol / National Food Authority.
Publisher: Canberra : Australian Govt. Pub. Service, c1994.
Call Number: FOL 344.9404232 N277
Location: Swanston Library

Other Author(s): American Society for Quality Control. Product Safety and Liability Prevention Technical Committee.
Title: Product recall planning guide / prepared by the American Society for Quality Control, Product Liability Prevention Technical Committee.
Publisher: Milwaukee, Wis : American Society for Quality Control c1981.
Call Number: 658.56 P964
Location: Swanston Library

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course may include:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exam

Assessment Tasks

Assignment 60 % Due 29/4/11
Test 40 % Due 10/6/11

Assessment Matrix

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