I am currently trying to develop a Recall plan for our company which is a distributor/broker of food ingredients. We import goods from around the world and distribute them within Australia and New Zealand. All our goods are sold as is, under no circumstance would they be opened.
Being the middle man in the supply chain can be difficult as we need to support the strict safety regulations of our large suppliers and customers but understanding our responsibilities and requirements can be a very grey area. Most food recall plans have a focus from a food manufacturing perspective, so when we are asked to create a recall plan or be HACCP certified, things can easily become very over-complicated. We as food brokers are a vital link in traceability and efficient food recalls however there are not many resources that detail our responsibility and requirements.
Are we allowed to initiate a food recall? or is this the authority of our supplier/manufacturer? What is our role/responsibility in a food recall?
If anyone has any experience in this area or good resources please link them below, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.