Foodwise (news articles)
04 March 2016
A requirement of the Food Standards Code is that all food businesses in Australia have a Food Recall Plan on-site, and in-use. This enables businesses to be well prepared, and quickly remove unsafe product from the market or consumer when identified. Having an effective plan will limit the possibility of consumer harm, and potential loss of trade and reputation for the business.
In practice, most large and well resourced companies have effective Food Recall Plans in place and these are well rehearsed. Smaller companies may find it difficult to develop an effective plan, which limits their ability to rapidly pull product off the shelf in the event that harmful bacteria are found present, or an undeclared allergen is identified.
To assist businesses, the Food Authority has developed a template, Food Recall Action Plan. The template is a simple, step-by-step editable document which guides you through the process you need to take if you are required to remove unsafe product from the market.
You’ll find the Food Recall Action Plan on our website. Further information on food recalls and requirements can be found in the Food Industry Recall Protocol on the FSANZ website at www.foodstandards.gov.au/ industry/foodrecalls/firp/Pages/default.aspx