Dairy Food Recall Model (the information below only applies within Australia)

A food recall is action taken to remove unsafe food from distribution, sale and consumption. All food businesses must be able to quickly remove food from the marketplace to protect public health and safety. FSANZ coordinates and monitors food recalls in Australia. If you need to recall food in Australia, you should call Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as soon as you have identified a food recall is required.

Potential costs associated with a food recall

This online Dairy Food Recall Model* has been developed to help Australian dairy businesses understand the potential costs of a food recall and help guide decisions for improvements to their procedures. If you are a business with the following characteristics, then the recall costs (obtained using a model based on information from historical data) are likely to fall within the indicated range as shown below.

Food Recall Scenario 1

* This Model draws on food safety recall literature, past dairy food safety recall incidents and a range of selected data to:

  • develop a framework to identify the key dairy food safety recall costs and key business characteristics that can drive these costs; and
  • develop indicative estimates of dairy food safety recall costs for a range of dairy manufacturing business types.

The Food Recall Model provides an overview of the type of costs that are likely to be incurred by dairy food manufacturers in the case of a food recall. It also provides an indicative range of costs that have been incurred in the past by manufacturers. The model is not intended to be a predictive tool or ‘calculator’ as the exact costs that will be incurred by a manufacturer will depend on the circumstances of the recall. Dairy Australia takes no responsibility whatsoever for incorrect use of, and total reliance on, this Food Recall Model.