Root Cause Analysis

When a food business has recalled food from the market due to non-compliance with food safety requirements, FSS suggests that the enforcement authority asks the food business to undertake a root cause analysis in order to determine the reason(s) that the food safety recall occurred.

This will allow the food business to identify the initiating cause, in a causal chain, which led to the recall or allergen incident and, additionally, the stage at which intervention could reasonably be implemented to mitigate risk and prevent recurrence in the future.

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Root Cause Analysis e-learning

This e-learning course has been developed to provide business and local authorities with an understanding of the theory and practice of Root Cause Analysis (RCA). 

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