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The belief that a major event such as product recall or product withdrawal will never happen to your business is sadly a phrase heard too often. Whether it be sheer ignorance or a misguided illusion of control, there is hard evidence to suggest that product recall is on the up.

According to a recent article in the journal of the Institute of Food Science and Technology, in June 2015 there were 121 recalls in the UK, representing a two-fold increase in 2 years. The clear majority caused by allergens, hygiene and contamination.

Number if UK product recalls by type and year, 2013-2015   

But what is the actual cost?

The cost is much more than the actual cost to recall, depending on the scale of the media coverage, the brand/product in question, the ripple effect can be significant.

Recalls and contamination events have a very high profile in the media, and bad PR is not good PR when it comes to this subject. Social media is certainly not your friend when a recall emergency hits the news.

Based on research undertaken by Grocery Manufacturers Association, it found that over 10% of companies had suffered more than five recalls in the last five years. Of those companies, more than half estimated that the total cost to the business was more than £7.5million. And, should it result in the loss of a Retail Customer contract, it could mean game over.

Unisan UK urge manufacturers across all industries to not wait until a product recall emergency before action is taken.

A recent Unisan UK customer took pro-active measures and installed an immediate solution as a recent audit placed them at risk of contamination. With the knowledge that their Retail Customer could arrive on premises at any time, without warning to inspect the end-to-end product journey, the cost of the potential risk greatly outweighed the cost of the solution.   

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General Mills Greggs Pukka Pies
Weetabix KP Snacks Jacobs Bakery
Granta Processors McVities Thorntons
2 Sisters Mondalez (Cadbury) United Biscuits
British Sugar Nestle Warburtons
Kettle Foods Premier Foods …… and more



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