USDA officials have today [Friday] published "Responding to a Food Recall", the latest in a series of technical assistance materials geared toward specific needs of school foodservice professionals. 

The publication, which will be made available free to all school food authorities, contains food recall reference guides, leader guides and brochures.

The National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI) produced the resource guide through a cooperative agreement with the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. 

"Providing nutritious and safe food for our child nutrition programmes is critical. The meals we serve are designed to help children become healthier and more productive, which will give them the best possible start in life," said Eric M. Bost, undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.

"It is essential that those meals are not only well-balanced and appealing, but also safe to consume."

Dr Elsa Murano, undersecretary for Food Safety, added: "Each step in the chain, from farm to table, is vital in maintaining a safe, wholesome food supply. Foodservice professionals are instrumental in keeping school children safe from disease-causing bacteria and foodborne illness, and we depend on them to properly handle and prepare the food that is served."