Get ready for BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7

18 December, 2014
Ashley Tait

BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program, used by over 21,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited certification bodies, including SFQC/Acoura.

The Standards guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, used by the majority of food processing factories and Acoura clients.

The BRC Global Standards will be changing, from Issue 6 to Issue 7, and the new standards are planned to be published in January 2015, and go live for audits on July 1 the same year. The changes are a response to the various food security issues that have come to light over the past year or so, in particular, the horsemeat scandal, and some of the main objectives of the changes is to tackle traceability and authenticity in the supply chain.

It is also anticipated that these changes will lead to a reduction in multiple audits, as well as enabling customer specific requirements to be taken into consideration.

The main areas of change to the Standards are as follows - specific guidelines are expected to be published in January 2015, but indications are that they will concentrate on the following areas:

Customer Focus: the proposed changes aim to reduce multiple audits and allow customer specific requirements to be brought into the scheme.

Traceability: Proposed changes aim to meet concerns regarding full supply chain traceability and maximise visibility when agents / brokers are used.

Authenticity: These proposed changes will encourage the development of systems to avid the purchase of fraudulent products and respond to the requirements of the Elliott report High Risk / High Care, which will address concerns about those ambient products not currently included within the high care standards Labelling and Pack Control, where the objective of the changes is to address the most common issue resulting in product recalls, changes and withdrawals.

If your company is already certified to BRC Standards, you'll be well aware of the benefits of upholding this stamp of quality and any changes to the auditing process should be easily absorbed into your regular auditing process.

To help our customers prepare for the change we are running a serious of Workshops on the standard changes in early 2015. For more information on these please CLICK HERE.

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