The following is from the Food Recall pages on the Food Standards Australia New Zealand website and gives an excellent summary of Recalls and who does what when one happens.
Why do we collect food recall data?
FSANZ has collected data on Australian food recalls since 1990, including the causes of all recalls and their domestic or overseas origins. This data can be used to identify trends and common problems occurring in the food industry, so that steps can be taken to prevent future issues. These statistics are updated each year.
Classification of food recalls
Food recalls are classified by FSANZ under the following categories:
- Microbial contamination
- Foreign matter
- Chemical/other contaminants
- Undeclared allergen
For more information on recalls go to
To find out about the current statistics on recalls in Australia go to
For more information about how to run a recall go to
All Food Recalls must be run according to the Food Industry Recall Protocal and you can download a copy from here http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/industry/foodrecalls/firp/Pages/default.aspx