Background to BRC

Originally published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) for food manufacturers who supply own brand products to the retail trade in the UK, this standard was reviewed at regular intervals to reflect the most recent thinking in food safety and it is now applied throughout the world as a framework for supporting the production of foodstuffs in every compan

Goal of BRC

The world standard for Food Safety was developed in order to specify the safety, quality and operational criteria required within a food-producing organisation if it is to satisfy the statutory obligations and those relating to consumer protection. The structure and the content of the Standard were designed in such a way that it is possible for a qualified third party – the certifying agency – to assess a company’s buildings and sites, operational systems and procedures against the criteria of the Standard.

The Standard does not apply to activities such as the wholesale trade, importing, distribution and storage which are beyond the direct control of the company. The BRC has developed a series of World Standards, which set out the criteria for a wide range of activities in the production, packaging and storage and distribution of foodstuffs

BRC in comparison with HACCP

BRC criteria are more comprehensive than HACCP criteria.  This is because BRC contains more extensive rules on GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), for example for the vicinity of the factory, and requirements regarding organisation and communication

BRC and Verstegen

We can proudly report that Verstegen possesses the 8th version of the BRC certificate.