Conducting a food recall

If you need to conduct a food recall, follow this quick checklist.

Checklist for conducting a food recall

  1. Get advice from a MPI's Food Compliance Services team by phoning 0800 00 83 33.
  2. Follow your recall plan. If you don't have a recall plan, read and follow the instructions in this checklist. 
  3. Complete the recall hazard/risk analysis form and send it to MPI's Food Compliance Services team.
  4. Draft a newspaper advertisement. Use the appropriate template, either General or Allergen.
  5. Send the newspaper advertisement to MPI's Food Compliance Services team for approval before publishing.
  6. You might also need to produce a point-of-sale notice, a news release and/or a website notice.
  7. If you don't have a recall plan, develop one:

What a recall notice or advertisement needs to have

A consumer recall notice or advertisement must display the following information:

  • who is recalling the product
  • what the product is (name, weight, batch/expiry date)
  • what's wrong with it
  • a "do not consume" message
  • a health warning and action (if applicable)
  • where the product can be found (distribution)
  • what action should be taken (for example, where it should be returned to)
  • who to contact for enquiries.

A food recall notice also has a minimum size and format. See what a recall notice looks like:

All advertisements must be approved by MPI before they are published.

Read more about food recalls:


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