The number of recalls in the food and beverage category rose quarter-over-quarter in 2021, reaching a total of 4,676 for the year, a 25.1% increase over 2020. In 2021, the prevailing reason for recalls in the food and beverage sector was “contamination – other,” with 1,680 events of this nature. Bacterial contamination was the second most common cause across 2021, with 969 recalls in this category.
Germany remained the top country for notifications throughout 2021, with a 46% increase in recalls compared to 2020. Spain saw the second-largest number of recalls in 2021 (with 549), followed by the Netherlands (450), Italy (394), and Belgium (391).