GS1 Australia has received certification from HACCP Australia for Recall – an electronic product recall notification management system designed to minimise the impact and cost of food and beverage products recalled and withdrawn from the supply chain.
The Recall service has been certified as ‘effective and suitable for businesses that operate a HACCP based Food Safety Programme’.
HACCP Australia is a food science organisation specialising in the HACCP Food Safety Methodology. HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) is a risk management methodology used by the food and beverage industry for the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards.
According to Richard Jones, GS1 Australia’s General Manager – Marketing and Quality Services, the certification of Recall is a major milestone for HACCP compliant food suppliers in the Australian Food and Grocery Industry.
“Recall is the first online recall portal to be approved and certified by HACCP. This means that in the event of a product recall or withdrawal, subscribers of the Recall service will have access to a convenient and effective means of complying with HACCP requirements for recall communications such as notifications, reporting and tracking of communications.”
Australia’s leading food businesses (retail, service and manufacturing) now demand that their suppliers have a HACCP-based food safety program in place.
A food safety program is an important tool for helping businesses who process or sell potentially hazardous foods to maintain safe food handling practices and protect public health.
Martin Stone, Technical Director of HACCP Australia said, “HACCP protocols are designed to ensure consumer safety by preventing as many food hazards as possible. A food safety program should be put in place to prevent any danger from those hazards. Food safety programs always include procedures for product recall.
“The recently certified service from GS1 Australia called Recall is an effective online solution that maximises the effectiveness of a product recall that can reduce the risk to consumer safety.”