What is a BRC Audit? How to Pass a BRC Audit?

A BRC (British Retail Consortium) food safety audit is an international standard, implemented as a questionnaire, to check for compliance in food production. BRC audits help businesses meet the latest requirements of the BRC standard #8. The audits can be ...

What is a BRC Audit and how to pass it?

A BRC (British Retail Consortium) food safety audit is an international standard, implemented as a questionnaire, to check for compliance in food production. BRC audits help businesses meet the latest requirements of the BRC standard #8. The audits can be announced or unannounced which ensures that the companies producing food follow good practices every day, not just prior to audits. The updated BRC standard #9 will be published in August 2022. foodready.ai has expert food safety consultants that can help you prepare for a BRC audit, SQF audit, perform mock audits, do a gap analysis, and write HACCP plans.

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The BRC is a global uniform food standard that was developed to verify food safety and quality based on these factors – safety, quality, and operational criteria. The BRC is used by retailers, restaurateurs, and food manufacturers to evaluate their suppliers and keep ingredients and food products safe for the consumer. The BRC ensures that the food industry’s required legal regulations and consumer protection measures are complied with.

As you can see preparing for a BRC audit is a daunting task and employing FoodReady and our BRC software, HACCP builder and/or one of our food safety consultants can substantially lessen your quality assurance workload.

foodready.ai can also help you with your other food safety needs such as – GFSI, SQF, BRC, HACCP, GMP, CGMP, Costco audit, Whole Foods audit, Walmart AUDIT, KROGER AUDIT, PUBLIX, AUDIT, SAFEWAY AUDIT, or HEB AUDIT.

What are the Requirements for the BRC Standard?

The ten main requirements you must follow for the BRC standard are listed below:

  1. Your business is continually improving safety and quality.
  2. You have a detailed food safety plan in place. (HACCP, SQF, GMP)
  3. You conduct regular internal audits.
  4. You have a structured organization of your suppliers.
  5. You track and document ingredients from suppliers.
  6. You employ appropriate and effective hygiene regulations
  7. You carefully separate all known allergens.
  8. You provide a facility layout, floor plan, and organization.
  9. All your food products are correctly labeled.
  10. You provide food safety training for your employees.

Whether you just need to write your own HACCP plan with the help of our food safety software, pass an SQF, GFSI, Costco Audit, or GMP audit or you need a food safety professional to step in as your “in-house” professional, foodready.ai has what you need.

FAQs

BRC Standard #8 is the previous version of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, focusing on a comprehensive framework for ensuring the production of safe food. BRC Standard #9, published in August 2022, builds on this foundation with updated requirements and best practices reflecting the latest trends and technologies in food safety. It likely includes more rigorous standards for emerging risks, enhanced traceability systems, and stronger emphasis on culture and food safety management systems.
BRC audits are typically conducted annually, but the frequency can vary based on the certification body’s requirements and the previous audit’s outcomes. Unannounced audits are also part of the BRC’s approach to ensure continuous compliance and readiness among certified entities.
The preparation time for a BRC audit can vary greatly depending on the existing level of compliance with the BRC standards, the complexity of the food safety management system, and the size of the operation. Companies new to the BRC standards may need several months to a year to prepare, whereas those with established systems might require less time to ensure they meet the latest standards and requirements.

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Saro Loucks

Saro Loucks

Saro Loucks is the Director of Content and a Food Safety Advisor for FoodReady. Saro is certified in HACCP and a trained SQF Practitioner. When Saro is not editing, writing, or advising new customers on what food safety goals they should pursue, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking gluten-free sourdough bread, and playing Mahjong.
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