The BRC Food Safety Standard is a leading global brand recognised by thousands of customers worldwide, and has certificated over 18,000 suppliers in over 100 countries around the globe. It was also the first Food Safety Standard to be benchmarked by the GFSI. The standard is designed to protect the consumer, and ensure that manufacturers and suppliers involved in the food chain meet their obligations.
The BRC Food Safety Standard can be used by any food processing operation where open food is handled, processed or packed. This could be from primary products such as fresh produce pack houses and slaughterhouses through to processed foods, canneries and ready to eat products.
Whether you’re an established global supplier or based in an emerging market, the Standard will ensure your customers have confidence in your food safety program and supply chain management. What’s more, by improving food safety, the Standard will also help you reduce waste, complaints, recalls and rejected products. You can also use your certification as a marketing tool by displaying the BRC Standard logo on your publicity materials, stationery and website. And your business will appear on the BRC Directory too, giving you further recognition.
Each manufacturer or supplier is assessed by an accredited certification body like Kiwa, against specific safety, operational and quality criteria. It gives food retailers, working within a highly competitive market place, legal, technical and financial advantages. Achieving the BRC standard demonstrates to customers that the producer has robust product safety systems in place to allow for confidence in the supply of a safe, legal and good quality product.
Frequency of inspection depends on the grade awarded. Companies attaining Grade A or B must be inspected every 12 months; those with a Grade C require inspection every 6 months.
We use an Audit Duration Calculator to determine how long an inspection should be. Factors such as the size and complexity of the company, the number of HACCP plans and number of people/products will all be taken into consideration but typically will be 1 - 5 days. Typically, an audit lasts two days.
We offer a number of BRC certified training days including a one day conversion course, Third Party Auditor (5 days), and training on Issue 7. Please contact us using the details to the right.
Kiwa is a 5 star rated BRC certification body, accredited to conduct inspections in all of the food sectors. We are also UKAS accredited. Audits are conducted by Kiwa’s expert assessors at competitive prices.
We also offer BRC pre-inspections so that the requirements of the BRC standard are fully understood before an inspection takes place.
We are approved by the BRC to deliver auditing and certification to BRC standards. We provide food certification services all around the world, and are accredited to audit a wide range of other schemes that we can schedule to take place concurrently.
The BRC Food Safety Standard can be used by any food processing operation where open food is handled, processed or packed.
Food Certification Team
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