If you’re in the food industry, chances are that you’ve heard about BRC certification. But what does BRC stand for? What does it mean? Why should I have my company certified? These are all valid questions—and ones we’ll answer in this article.
BRC was developed by the British Retail Consortium
BRC was developed by the British Retail Consortium, a non-profit organization that works with retailers to develop food safety standards. Around 15 years ago, BRC decided to create a standard for food safety that would help protect small and medium sized businesses.
BRC is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standard
BRC is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) standard. It’s used by food manufacturers, retailers and service providers around the world to assess their food safety management systems. By doing so, they’re able to demonstrate that they have an effective management system in place that ensures the safety of their products from source to shelf.
BRC works on a three year audit cycle and focuses on HACCP
BRC certification focuses on food safety. It also focuses on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). BRC performs audits in three year cycles, which allows for constant improvement in your business practices. The first part of the audit assesses your company’s processes, procedures and documentation. This includes how you design and manufacture products, package them and store them until they are ready to be shipped out to customers. The second part of the audit focuses on product testing to determine whether or not any contaminants exist inside any containers or packaging materials used in production processes at that time; this could include anything from raw materials used during manufacturing to storage containers used after initial production is complete with final product being packaged before it leaves for distribution channels such as grocery stores across Canada or abroad overseas markets like Europe for example.
The main benefits of BRC
- Enhance customer confidence. By becoming BRC certified, your company can demonstrate that it believes in the quality and safety of its products. This can help reassure consumers that they are buying from a reputable source, which will encourage them to purchase from you again.
- Reduce risk of food safety issues. Achieving BRC accreditation means that your company has met rigorous standards for hygiene control and management systems related to food processing, packaging and distribution processes; this helps prevent potential contamination or spoilage during transport between different locations within the supply chain (such as between farms and factories).
- Help you meet customer requirements. BRC certification is a requirement for many customers of the food processing industry, such as large retailers and food manufacturers. By obtaining this accreditation, you can show them that your business meets their standards; this will make it easier to secure contracts with these firms and bring you larger profits.
BRC certification can be very beneficial for your company. It allows you to work with large retailers, who often require that their suppliers have this certification before working with them. A BRC certification ensures that your company is operating at the highest level possible and provides consumers with confidence in knowing that their food will be safe when eating out at restaurants or buying groceries from your store.
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