AUS: Coca-Cola Amatil to alter recall procedures
Coca-Cola Amatil failed to inform the New Zealand Food Safety Authority of a problem with its Pumped water range last year
Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has said it is reviewing its product recall process after an investigation highlighted deficiencies in the firm's procedure, according to reports.
A recent report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) revealed that the Australia-based Coca-Cola bottler had failed to inform the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) of a problem with its Pumped water range last year, New Zealand publication stuff.nz wrote today (23 May). As a result, MAF said that CCA's recall plan is now being rewritten.
Around 11 people became ill after consuming Pumped late last year, the publication said. The report by MAF showed that CCA had failed to inform NZFSA of the problem until two months later.
CCA recalled the water at a trade level in December and distribution was stopped in January, however complaints were still being received a month later. NZFSA was not informed of the recall until 7 February.
Following an investigation, NZFSA identified a number of deficiencies in CCA's processes. As a result, the bottler said it realised "major improvements had to be made to its recall plan" and that it was "pro-active in getting to the source of complaints".
MAF warned that, although it was closing the file, if CCA breached the Food Act again it would consider legal action.
CCA could not be reached for comment.
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