This page is a quick guide to the industry requirements for food recalls, and to other information in this section of the website. If you're new, this is a good place to start.

Requirements for recalls & warnings

If you retail or wholesale food for human consumption in New Zealand, you should have a food recall plan.

Read more about food recalls in the Acts below:

  • Food Act 2014 - Section 284, Recall of food or food-related accessory
  • The Animal Products Act 1999 - Section 85, Recall of animal material and animal product
  • Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997 - Section 35G, Recall of Agricultural compound
  • The Wine Act 2003 - Section 14, Contents of and requirements for wine standards management plans.

You can view all these Acts on the NZ legislation website:

New Zealand Legislation website (External website)

What you will find here

This Recalls & warnings section covers food recalls for food safety reasons only (not quality). It includes procedures and templates to help you develop and follow a recall plan for your business.

The section is split into sub-sections. Use the menu on the left to find your way around.

For detailed information on the specific Recalls & warnings requirements you need to comply with, refer to the sub-sections that apply to you:

  • About recalls
  • Conducting a food recall
  • Developing your recall plan.

The remaining sub-sections provide more generic information on Recalls & warnings:

  • Documents – find all documents relating to Recalls & warnings.
  • What's new – check here regularly for important updates relevant to Recalls & warnings.

Keeping up to date

It's important to keep up to date with any new or revised Recalls & warnings information, including requirements and upcoming changes.

There are different ways to keep up to date. Choose the one that works for you.

  • What's new – Click on 'What's new' in the left-hand menu to read the most recent updates to the Recalls & warnings section.
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Key contacts

  • Food Act Officers
    0800 00 83 33