Periodically, you should practice a recall to make sure that the process you have in place works properly. Be sure to notify management that it is practice so that the activity will not be misinterpreted as a real recall.
In the practice session, the team should address a realistic scenario and verify that they have the right people on the team. Also, they should confirm that they know where to find technical help if it’s needed. There are several sources of technical help for peanut issues. The American Peanut Council offers publications on peanut product hazards and controls. Regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has guidance on peanut hazards. Universities such as the University of Georgia in the U.S. can be of help with technical issues.
Trace the product one step forward and one step back. Practice creating records, logs, press releases, and communication, as the practice recall proceeds.
Perform the effectiveness check.