Recall advertisement templates

You can use the templates below to develop a newspaper advertisement for a food recall. The advertisement must be approved by a Food Act Officer before publishing.

Minimum requirements

The advertisement must:

  • be a minimum of 2 columns wide by 10 centimetres in height
  • have a cross-hatched border
  • appear in the main body of the newspaper
  • be approved by a Food Act Officer before it's published.

Other important points to note:

  • Recall notices should exclude promotional information
  • The company logo may appear in the advertisement but it should not distract from the recall message.

Full requirements

For more about media statements and advertising, see the guide below.

Recall guidance material

2 types of recall advertisements

There are 2 types of recall advertisements.

  • Allergens
  • General

Ensure you use the right template for your type of recall.

Allergen warning template

Use this template to draft a food recall notice for products that contain undeclared allergens. The most common allergens are nuts, milk, soy, egg, fish, seafood and wheat.

You can save this template to your computer, complete and resize it as needed. (The 4 major newspapers have a 2-column width of 7.2 - 7.6cm wide.)

You may wish to save it as part of your recall plan.

Food recall notice template – Allergen warning (47 KB RTF)

General products template

Use this template to draft a food recall notice for general food products.

If the product is being recalled because it contains undeclared allergens, use the allergen template instead.

You can save this template to your computer, complete and resize it as needed.
(The 4 major newspapers have a 2-column width of 7.2 - 7.6cm wide.)

You may wish to save it as part of your recall plan.

Food recall notice template – General products (43 KB RTF)

Contacting newspapers and radio stations

Contact News Works NZ to arrange newspaper adverts in some or all national newspapers:

News Works NZ
Level 1, 58 Albert Street
PO Box 2941, Auckland 1140
Tel: (09) 306 1600
Fax: (09) 303 2570
Email: info@newsworksnz.co.nz

Contact the Radio Bureau to arrange radio adverts in some or all radio stations nationally:

The Radio Bureau
Christchurch
PO Box 1023, Christchurch
New Zealand

Wellington
PO Box 2079, Wellington
Level 3, 15 Walter Street
Wellington
New Zealand

Auckland
PO Box 8049, Symonds Street
Level 4, Textile Centre
Kenwyn Street
Parnell
Auckland
New Zealand
Tel: 09 302 1122

Key contacts

  • Food Act Officers
    0800 00 83 33