Certification to global standards in food safety has been a core requirement for many leading food retailers. The BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety was developed by the British Retailers Association to assess the ability of food handlers and to observe that they are taking due care for food safety. The standard is now recognized by all major UK food retailers and food service companies as well as throughout Europe and North America.
The rationale behind the development of BRCGS is to combine in a single audit the retailers’ own technical audits and those of other 3rd party audit bodies, which also audit suppliers of food products for UK retailers.
The main objectives of the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety are;
- Creating an inclusive framework of internationally accepted food safety standards
- Helping improve food security.
- Ensuring the standardization of food safety criteria and follow-up procedures
- Compliance with supplier demands,
- Acceptance of Food Safety by suppliers,
- Reduction in the number of supplier audits,
- Improvement in product safety and quality,
- It provides development and competitive market structuring in efficient working.
The BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety has become a commercial “ticket” as it is a prerequisite for becoming a supplier to many companies and generally includes the minimum required food safety requirements.
Key Elements of the BRCGS Global Standards for Food Safety
- Raw materials, packaging materials, additives, and other inputs
- Process conditions (From Input – To Shipment)
- Basic environmental activities
- Basic personnel related activities and rules.
- Hazard and risk analysis
- Crisis management
- Activities related to suppliers and visitors.
- allergens, genetically modified products,
- Traceability (from field to fork)
- Responsibility of management and activities related to quality and food safety management system (Senior Management Review, internal audits, etc.)
- Physical conditions
- The duration of the audit varies depending on the size of the firm, the number of employees and the process.
- Inspection can be done with or without notice.
- Detailed English report is forwarded to BRCGS.
- The inspection frequency is 6 months or 12 months depending on the inspection result.
BRCGS/IOP: Packaging Standard
BRCGS and IOP (Packaging Institute) have prepared the standard to assist retailers and food manufacturers in fulfilling their legal obligations.
The standard provides consumer protection by providing a general basis for the inspection of companies that are supplying packaging for food products to retailers.
BRCGS and IOP (Packaging Institute) developed this standard to help retailers and food manufacturers meet their legal obligations.
BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety: Consumer Products
Legal obligations regarding private label products include activities that include the approval of suppliers’ technical competencies. This standard provides a general basis for certification of companies supplying consumer products to the UK, helping retailers meet their legal obligations and protect consumers.
Some parts of the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety, which are related to customer products, may be applied generally, and some parts are product specific.
Although there is a variety of product lines, the standard regarding the determination of basic requirements and the creation of specific product guides will benefit both retailers and suppliers.
BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety: Agents & Brokers
Broker and importer suppliers must implement food safety and quality requirements and meet legal and contractual requirements. In order to meet all these conditions, brokers and importers should take some applicable measures towards their suppliers. BRCGS Agents & Brokers is a standard created to check whether these applicable measures have been taken.
BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety: Storage & Distribution – Storage&Distribution
The standard was developed to assist retailers and other users in meeting legal obligations and protecting the consumer by providing a common ground for the evaluation of companies that store and distribute products. It is the standard that explains the requirements that organizations that carry out the transportation and storage of products must comply with