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Food recalls rise by 78 per cent in 2015

09 February 2016

There was a 78 per cent increase in the number of food recalls issued by the Food Standards Agency last year.

There were a total of 159 recalls issued in 2015, compared to 89 made in 2014, according to data collected by global insurer Lockton. 

The number of investigations which led to the 159 recalls across England, Wales and Northern Ireland has not yet been disclosed by the FSA, but the 89 recalls in 2014 were a result of 1,645 investigations.

“Such a large increase in the number of product recalls is interesting to see,” said Debbie Day, Partner and Food and Beverage sector expert at Locktons. 

“Both 2014 and 2015 have now reported a higher number of cases than 2013, the year of the horsemeat scandal. This reiterates the need for both retailers and suppliers to have the correct procedures in place should an investigation by the FSA lead to a recall.”

August was the most prolific month for recalls with a total of 19, followed closely by February and December with 17. April and September saw 16 recalls each, with March seeing the lowest number of recalls with seven.

Ms Day added: “Our research shows that products can be recalled for a large number of reasons, making it vitally important for all parties involved to have adequate insurance in place to cover the cost. 

“Supermarkets are now demanding more than ever from their suppliers in the case of a recall, including cover for loss of profits, administration fees and even marketing spend.”

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