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AU/NZ: FSANZ annual report sums up a year of food recalls

Food Safety Magazine: An annual report released by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) reveals that most of both countries’ food recalls throughout 2014-15 have been due to undeclared allergens and microbiological contaminations–primarily Listeria.

FSANZ–the leading authority on food safety regulation in Australia and New Zealand–announced a total of 58 recalls during that time. This was a 12 percent decrease compared to the 66 recalls issued in 2013-14. Here’s a brief breakdown of the recall causes:

  • 20 undeclared allergen recalls (eggs, peanuts, wheat, dairy, sesame, tree nuts, soy)
  • 19 recalls caused by pathogens (8 Listeria, 4 “bacterial or microbial”, 3 Salmonella, 2 viral, 1 each for Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus)
  • 12 foreign material recalls
  • 2 biotoxin recalls
  • 1 recall for mislabeling
  • 4 “others”

Click here to read the full article from Food Safety Magazine.