The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has launched its Beer Recall Plan and opened entries for the Indies.

The Plan aims to help breweries navigate the increase in regulatory requirements and responsibilities, including the requirement to have a written recall plan in place. A recall plan is a written document specific to each business that is designed to protect the health and safety of consumers by ensuring that businesses are prepared to recall unsafe food quickly and at any time.

The IBA Beer Recall Plan and Beer Recall Information Pack is expected to make it easier for craft brewers to understand and meet any requirements, as well as prepare for the event of a recall. More information can be found on the IBA website.

“Beer may be recalled for a variety of reasons due to issues with packaging or with the beer itself,” the IBA has explained in a statement. “The IBA is working on a variety of initiatives to assist you in minimising the risk of these issues arising.

“Food recalls most often occur due to mislabelling of allergens and other labelling issues. It’s therefore essential that you have read, understood and implemented the IBA Beer Labelling Guidelines.

“The IBA Beer Recall Plan consists of two documents. The IBA Beer Recall Information Pack provides background information and a brief summary of recall requirements. The IBA Beer Recall Plan is a written plan that contains steps, checklists and templates of what to do in the event of a recall.”

In addition, entries for the Indies are now open and the IBA looks “forward to seeing all the beers you have in store for us”.

Entries close on 7 July. Several new trophies have been introduced this year to “reflect our changing sector”.

The Champion Australian Brewpub Trophy celebrates Australia’s brewpubs and is open to breweries that sell at least 75% of their beers on-site.

The State/Territory Champion Brewery Trophy is awarded to the top brewery for each state or territory, and is available to all breweries regardless of size.

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