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Food recalls hit record high

Food recalls hit record high.

Data reveals EU 'serious' food alerts up 58% since 2013 according to global law firm Clyde & Co's and their analysis of EU data.

In the EU, food alerts have risen steadily from 10 in 1995, to 519 'serious' alerts in 2013, and a record high of 818 alerts in 2017. The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are currently engaged in a major review of food withdrawl and recall processes. A key part of this review is exploring ways in which authorities might communicate with a greater number of consumers to alert them of potential issues with foodstuffs. The rise in recalls can be down to a range of factors but improvements in the ability to detect food containimation as well as issues with undeclared allergens in food are two of the reasons for the increase.

Food manufacturers, along with their insurers, need to be aware of this rising trend for product recall events and the impact of heightened Government involvement around the world.

We advise all our clients to have a product recall insurance policy in place as well as reviewing specific risk assessments relating to product recall. It is also beneficial to run through the plans to ensure you are fully prepared to respond appropriately.

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