Revised recall protocol an essential part of food safety armoury for food businesses

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash has launched a new food recall protocol saying every Australian food manufacturer, importer, wholesaler and distributor should have a copy.

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22 May 2014

Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash will today launch a new food recall protocol saying every Australian food manufacturer, importer, wholesaler and distributor should have a copy.

“Food safety is a priority for food businesses every day and it’s important they have the information and assistance they need to conduct a recall if one is required,” Minister Nash said.

“This latest edition of the Food Industry Recall Protocol, developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in collaboration with the state and territory food enforcement agencies and key industry stakeholders, will help ensure the Australian food industry remains well-prepared to conduct a food recall.

“The protocol provides information on recalling food in Australia and guidance for food businesses on developing a recall plan, so if they are ever in the unfortunate position of having to conduct a food recall, they will know exactly what to do.

“It has updated information, including new recall templates for businesses to use and information about traceability, which helps businesses understand the importance of tracking food at any point in the supply chain. The protocol also now discusses the different ways of communicating recalls to the public, such as the use of social media.”

Minister Nash said FSANZ had also recently developed a video on the FSANZ YouTube channel about conducting food recalls to provide industry with a snapshot of what is required.

FSANZ coordinates approximately 50-60 food recalls a year and has coordinated 27 recalls to date in 2014. The main reason for food recalls is microbial contamination (Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli), followed closely by undeclared allergens and foreign matter contamination.

Both the Food Industry Recall Protocol and the video can be found on the FSANZ website.

Minister’s media contact: Carolyn Martin 02 6277 7440 / 0417 966 328.

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