Preparedness is the best defence against a recall, and being prepared starts with critical information.

That’s why Stericycle Expert Solutions has developed our quarterly European Recall and Notification Index: to provide key insights into the recall landscape and where trends are heading. We’ve analysed recall incidents across multiple industries to capture a comprehensive view of recall trends in Europe.

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The Compilation of the European Recall & Notification Index

The European Recall and Notification Index gathers and tracks cumulative data from the primary European agencies that track recall notifications in the region. This data is segmented into multiple definitions of notifications and alerts, but collated into a central figure for the purpose of analysis.

Key Statistics



Mostly due to overheating issues, engine recalls and notifications were 3 times higher in Q1 2018 than the previous quarter.


Consumer Goods

55.2% of recalls and notifications were due to chemical or choking risks, and chemical hazards have been a leading category for the past nine quarters.


Food and Beverage

Nuts, nut products and seeds topped the food product category with 24.9% of recalls and notifications.