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BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety

BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety

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​The BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety was created to ensure supplier compliance and secure retailers’ ability to guarantee the quality and safety of the food products they sell. Today it is used worldwide as a framework for any business (retailers and processors) to assist the production of safe food and the selection of reliable suppliers.

The BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety is one of the operational tools most frequently used for due diligence and supplier approval. The system reduces the overall costs of the supply chain management and increases the level of safety for customers, suppliers, and consumers. Regarded as a ticket-to-trade, the standard is also a great opportunity to demonstrate your company’s commitment to food safety, quality, and legality, and to work on continual improvement. 

The BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety is now accepted by the majority of food retailers and manufacturers as equivalent to the other benchmarked food safety standards, such as IFS, SQF and FSSC 22000. 

What is the standard? 

The main retailers in the United Kingdom were concerned about food safety because of their direct responsibility in case of an incident. To take control of the situation, retailers require that all food suppliers are to be certified to a specialized standard to ensure that they comply with quality and safety demands, and legal requirements. 

The requirements in the standard are related to the quality management system and the HACCP system, supported by detailed prerequisite programmes, that is a set of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) and GHP (Good Hygiene Practise) requirements. 

Why is certification good for my business?

The BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety enables your organisation to:

  • Provide evidence of commitment, and, in case of food safety incident, legal defence in the frame of the "due diligence" concept.*
  • Build and operate a management system capable of helping you to better meet food quality/safety requirements and legal compliance, with specific reference to the legislation applicable in the countries where the finished product is consumed.
  • Provide a tool for food safety performance improvement and the means to monitor and measure food safety performance effectively.
  • Facilitate reductions in product waste, product reworking, and product recall.

How can I prepare for certification? 

Companies that plan well will often have an advantage and be better prepared for certification. It is important that you and your company are positive, committed, and set clear target dates for implementation and assessment. 

This includes:

  • Establishing a quality management system.
  • Identifying legal requirements.
  • Identifying and documenting the specific food safety hazards and the relevant control measures (HACCP system).
  • Identifying the applicable Good Manufacturing Practice/Good Hygiene Practice, including a pest control program, equipment and building maintenance program, housekeeping and cleaning program, and all the specific standard requirements.
  • Implement any needed structural improvements.

Why partner with us? 

Within the food and beverage industry, we help customers worldwide to achieve excellence in the food safety and quality, environmental management, supply chain management and product sustainability. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create shareholder trust. 

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