BRC Global Standard for Food Safety: Greater transparency and traceability in the food supply chain
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is a leading safety and quality certification for food manufacturers that guarantees the standardization of quality, safety, and operational criteria, required to be in place within a food manufacturing organization. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety underlines the importance of a secure supply chain in every sector. In addition, it also ensures that legal obligations are fulfilled by manufacturers and is used by over 23.000 certified suppliers worldwide. The Standard was originally developed and published in 1998 and has been regularly updated to follow the latest thoughts in food safety.
What is BRC 7 all about?
A framework for food manufacturers, that is provided by the BRC Global Standard, assists in the production of safe food and is designed to help product quality to meet the requirements of customers. Many food service companies, retailers, and manufacturers worldwide use the certification when assessing the capabilities of their suppliers.
Requirements of stakeholders and a review of emerging issues in the food industry were considered in the development of Issue 7. BRC Global Standards indicate that “the requirements of Issue 7 Standard are an evolution from previous issues with continued emphasis on management commitment, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety programme and supporting quality management system.” In addition to further new developments, Issue 7 is encouraging greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain, continuing to ensure consistency of the audit process.
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