National Food Incident Response Protocol

Page last updated: 26 August 2014

As part of the overarching Strategy for Consistent Implementation and Enforcement of Food Regulation in Australia it was agreed that a National Food Incident Response Protocol (the Protocol) be developed to maintain an effective system for the management of national food safety incidents.

A food incident is defined as "any situation within the food supply chain where there is a risk, potential risk or perceived risk of illness or confirmed illness associated with the consumption of a food or foods."

The Protocol is a guide for Implementation Sub Committee for Food Regulation (ISFR) member agencies and provides a framework to coordinate the response of these agencies to a food incident. The Protocol formalises current arrangements between agencies and defines roles and associated responsibilities required of them during the response to a national food incident.

The Protocol was first endorsed by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council in May 2007.

The Protocol is regularly reviewed and updated. The attached version of the Protocol was endorsed by ISFR in August 2014.

For further information on the National Food Incident Response Protocol please contact:
Food Standards Australia New Zealand Recall Officer
Phone 02 6271 2610

National Food Incident Response Protocol - August 2014 (Word 99 KB)

National Food Incident Response Protocol - August 2014 - Printable Version (PDF 774 KB)