- Improved confidence among retailers and buyers in the safety, quality, and legality of the product
- Increased product safety and less risk of product liability
- Safe and efficient process flows in the interest of food safety, in order to quickly identify and control risks with respect to hygiene, quality, and health hazards for consumers, and to specify effective preventive measures
- Access to the British food market
BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
The certification standard is designed for all food business operators, regardless of their size or complexity. The requirements, however, mainly focus on organizations that either produce retailer branded products, or that supply products to Great Britain and have been requested by the local retail chains to provide that kind of evidence.
A major portion of all foodstuffs sold in Great Britain is retail branded. According to the Food Safety Act of 1990, retailers are required to take all precautionary measures that are necessary, and to apply due diligence in preventing errors in research and development, distribution, advertisement, and when selling food products to consumers. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) developed the Global Standard-Food, which governs the due diligence defence of British Food Law. It also provides the basis for the evaluation of retail brand manufacturers, who have to demonstrate fulfillment of the standard’s requirements.
BRCGS Food Version 8 is the first GFSI certified standard to include requirements regarding a food safety culture. To learn more about this and what EU Regulation 2021/382, amending the annexes to Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004, mean for you, click here.
After a transition phase of six months, the BRC Food Standard Issue 8 will replace Issue 7 on the 1st of February 2019. To prepare you for the new version, we have outlined the most important changes below.
What is new?
Despite being an evolution from previous versions of the standard, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 introduces quite a lot of significant changes compared to its predecessor Issue 7. According to BRC, the new issue has consolidated key themes including ensuring global applicability and benchmarking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), encouraging the development of a food safety culture and expanding the requirements for environmental monitoring. Alongside these areas of focus are the addition of new sections and clauses, which we have summarized for you here.
Starting from the 1st of Feburary 2019 the use of the new standard is compulsory. Prior to that date, it is not possible to be certified according to the new version.
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- Seminars and training
- Gap audits
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