The BRC Global Standards are a suite of four industry-leading Technical Standards that specify requirements to be met by an organization to enable the production, packaging, storage and distribution of safe food and consumer products. Originally developed in response to the needs of UK members of the British Retail Consortium, the Standards have gained usage world-wide and are specified by growing numbers of retailers and branded manufacturers in the EU, North America and further a field. Certification to a Global Standard, which is achieved through audit by a third party Certification Bodies, reassures retailers and branded manufacturers of the capability and competence of the supplier, and reduces the need for retailers and manufacturers to carry out their own audits, thereby reducing the administrative burden on both the supplier and the customer.
The BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard has set the benchmark for over 20 years. Adopted by over 20,000 sites in 130 countries, the standard is accepted by 70% of the top 10 global retailers, 60% of the top 10 quick-service restaurants, and 50% of the top 25 manufacturers.
Now in its 8th edition, the standard has constantly evolved to protect the consumer. It was the first standard to be GFSI benchmarked, as well as introduce food safety culture requirements, define food fraud, and reduce audit burden through additional modules.
Developed with input from industry, it provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls for these criteria in the food and food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industry.
The Food Safety standard is the leading Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme, and the most widely accepted by specifiers, brands and retailers.
Manufacturers with the BRCGS certification have many food safety benefits and have been shown to perform better than both non-certified sites, as well as those with other GFSI programmes. A clear point of difference between BRCGS Food Safety and other certification schemes is a compliance programme that provides control over the operational delivery of its certification programmes. This includes delivery partner performance management, and management of auditor competence based on exams and food safety training.
Independent research, carried out by the University of Birkbeck, demonstrates that organisations operating to BRCGS standards improve food safety, operational efficiency, commercial growth, improved profitability and broad-based innovation.
Please refer attached file for brief idea about the requirement of BRCGS Packaging :
1. To carry out repainting of entire factory mainly all production areas, storage area.
2. we have to make complete factory sealed, no insects should enter inside production/ storage areas.
3. Our product related all production are should be closed and under controlled temperature with restricted entry and exit.
4. Dress code, apron, shoe change discipline should be maintained.
5. In all production room there should not be floor damaged, no particles should contaminate our product or process.
6. All door opening to the production area should have double door system with positive pressure.
7. At all the places we have to maintain hygiene practices.
8. All machines should be leak proof and properly cleaned and maintained.
9. We have to carry out proper paste control at every place of our entire premises and various buildings.
The BRCGS Packaging Standard is designed for:
1. Manufacturers of food-related packaging
2. Disposable and non-disposable consumer goods that come into contact with food like paper plates and plastic cutlery
3. Food cosmetics, toiletries, and other consumer products
4. Incorporated materials like adhesives, inks, coatings, and stock materials
The BRCGS Packaging Standard has applicable to every operation:
1. Senior Management Commitment and Continual Improvement: It’s essential that factory management is fully committed to the Standard’s application.
2. Hazard and Risk Management System: This forms the basis of the program and is based on principles of the internationally recognized Codex Alimentarius system.
3. Technical Management Systems: This chapter sets out requirements for the technical management of product quality and hygiene practices. It builds on the principles of ISO 9000, and includes requirements for product specifications, supplier monitoring, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls.
4. Site Standards: These standards define expectations for the production environment. This includes layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment, cleaning, pest control and waste management.
5. Product and Process Control: This chapter includes requirements for product design and development, process controls, and product inspection and testing. It includes a specific section on managing foreign body and chemical controls.
6. Personnel: The final chapter covers requirements for training of staff and expectations on protective clothing and personnel hygiene.