We only sell beer direct to consumers from my tap room. We don’t sell packaged beer takeaways or allow growler refills. Do we still need a recall plan? 

It is unlikely that you will be required to have a recall plan if you don’t import or supply wholesale beer. You should check this with food authorities in your home state.

However, you may find a recall plan useful. If you identify an issue with raw materials requiring you to “trace-back” affected products (such as mouldy malt), a recall plan may assist with this.

If you do identify a safety issue that requires disposing of your beer, then you must still comply with disposal requirements detailed in the IBA Beer Recall Information Pack, as well as other food safety requirements of your home state (e.g. reporting major incidents).

We only sell beer directly from our tap room, but we do allow growler refills and takeaways. Do we still need a recall plan?

Yes, you still need a recall plan. However, unless there is a possibility that the beer would end up in the homes of consumers (i.e. through growler refills), it is unlikely that steps relating only to consumer recalls will apply to you.

We also make cider. Does the IBA Beer Recall Plan apply to cider?

This recall plan provides specific examples of safety issues that are usually only associated with beer. However, the steps in this are also applicable to recalls of cider and other foods.

There is a restaurant/bar at my premises where we cook and sell food for patrons. Do we need to have a food recall plan for this?

It is unlikely that you will be required to have a recall plan for this, but you should check this with food authorities in your home state.

However, there are other requirements in the recall plan that may be applicable to you, such as “tracing-back” affected food and reporting major incidents. Check these requirements with your home state.

We use GS1 Recall. Do we still need a recall plan?

While GS1 Recall is a useful tool that can more easily facilitate beer recalls, it is not a substitute for a written recall plan.

What happens if we don’t have a recall plan in place?

The consequences of failing to have a recall plan in place will depend on your state/territory and its food safety legislation.