BRC Version 8 targets global food safety and quality assurance


Today’s food literally comes from everywhere in the world. The sourcing of it is now an international affair and assurance of food safety and quality is perhaps more important than ever.

Among those looking to bring uniformity to processes that ensure safe food for all is the British Retail Consortium (BRC) who’s Standard for food safety and quality has existed for more than 20 years. Over that time, it has provided important guidance to global food growers and suppliers as well as a common framework for safety and quality for the worldwide food industry. The BRC Standard offers important direction for quality and the safe handling of food plus provides necessary common metrics for consistency in food safety and quality.

Chapter 1 – What is the BRC Global Standard

Version 8, the latest iteration, looks to provide a sort of umbrella framework for other individual international regulations regarding food safety and quality. It should help suppliers raise the bar on things like reducing recalls due to factors including: mislabeling, pathogen contamination, product integrity and food fraud. Version 8 will also assist companies in efforts to focus on the achievement of safe products, adopting best practices and best-in-industry approaches and methodologies.

Rigor makes the BRC Standard among the most effective guidelines for international food safety and quality. Through Version 8, food-service companies and manufacturers might become leaders in their industries and the Standard’s adoption can be a door opener for food suppliers seeking to enter new markets and doing business globally.

John Kukoly, the Americas Director for the BRC Global Standards, in a series of video interviews, offers up key highlights and specifically outlines the requirements of Version 8. Among the topics he discusses are:

  • The value of adopting the BRC Standard
  • Key elements of Version 8
  • Training in preparation for Version 8
  • Timelines for Standard approval
  • A look ahead to Version 9 and some of the key considerations that will go into the next iteration of the BRC Standard.

You may view the entire series of videos here:

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