Product recalls and general product safety
Under the Fair Trading Act, everyone in the supply chain is responsible for product safety and has a role to play in a recall. A product recall is any corrective action taken to remedy a product safety issue identified after a product has been manufactured. The corrective action in a recall can cover a range of activities – from full recovery of the product to issuing new instructions. A recall may be voluntary or compulsory.
A supplier initiating a product recall must contact Trading Standards (part of MBIE) prior to starting the recall.
Further information may be found on conducting a recall here: Read about product recalls.
Current NZ recalls may be found here: Read about Product safety recalls and alerts.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Recalls website contains information about Australian product safety recalls.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children.