BRC -Global Food Standard

BRC "Global Food Standard" Certificate

BRC stands for British Retail Consortium. In 2003 this professional association of distributors set a specific standard for better food safety and the control of food products. The international standard set out by the BRC can be monitored by a third independent party (the certifying organization) at your company.

What the standard covers Benefits of BRC Certification Standard

The Global Standard for Food Safety sets out requirements for how processed foods and other products (for example, branded foods; retailer-brand foods; or ingredients used by food service companies, caterers, or manufacturers) should be made or prepared. Only products that are manufactured, prepared, or stored at the site that’s being audited as part of the certification will apply.
The standard is divided into seven sections:
1 – Senior management commitment and continual improvement
Your senior managers must commit to implementing and continually improving your organization’s food safety processes.
2 – The Food Safety Plan – HACCP
Having a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan in place allows you to identify and manage any biological, chemical, or physical hazards that could make the food you produce unsafe to eat.
3 – Food safety and quality management system
You should implement a system that enables you to produce safe products, meet customers' expectations and ensure staff are well trained.
4 – Site standards
Sites on which you manufacture or prepare food must be laid out, maintained, cleaned, and secured according to strict standards. Your organization must also meet requirements relating to the control of pests and foreign bodies.
5 – Product control
For your products to be considered safe, you need to demonstrate that you properly manage things such as allergens, provenance, and product testing.
6 – Process control
You must implement your HACCP plan from day to day and have effective procedures in place for ensuring you manufacture your products to the correct quality.
7 – Personnel
This part of the standard covers training, protective clothing, and hygiene. You need to ensure that all personnel are equipped with everything they need to carry out their duties in a safe manner.
BRC 9 aims to promote best practice and ensure that organizations are working to strong, consistent standards. By gaining the BRC certification, you can assure your customers that you are highly competent at monitoring and continually improving the quality and safety of your product, and that you've taken every possible precaution to prevent problems should quality and safety ever be challenged.

Reducing the overall cost in the supply chain
Increasing safety level of foods food customers and suppliers
Opening a new way to the global market
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Promoting best practices
Improving supplier standards and consistency
Avoiding product failure
Reducing the number of audits for food manufacturers
Supporting retailers’ objectives at all levels of the manufacturing supply chain
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