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BRCGS Food Safety

Now in its 8th edition with Issue 9 due for release 1 August 2022, BRCGS’ Global Standard for Food Safety is the number one global market-leading Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme and a fundamental requirement for many leading retailers, manufacturers, and food service organisations.

BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety 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. The Standard is accepted as a benchmark for food safety worldwide and is often a core requirement of the supplier approval process for food retail and manufacturing.

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Key Benefits

Increased Customer Confidence

Demonstrate your level of competence in HACCP, hygiene, food safety and quality systems and commitment to consumer safety and stakeholder relations for new market opportunities.

Reduced Costs

Global recognition reduces the need for duplicate audits and being certified to the Food Safety Standard will reduce waste, complaints, recalls and rejected products.

Brand Protection

Certification to BRCGS Food Safety gives your brand an internationally recognised mark of food quality, safety and responsibility.

We Can Help You On Your Journey To BRCGS Certification

SAI Global is a 5-Star Rated BRCGS Certification Body which means our customers receive the best guidance and support – whatever stage in their journey.

What is BRCGS Food Safety?

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.

BRCGS Food Safety is accepted as a benchmark for food safety worldwide and is often a core requirement of the supplier approval process for food retail and manufacturing. A revision of the Standard is underway with the new Issue 9 due to be launched 1st August 2022.

The Standard 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 Standard aims to:

  • encourage development of product safety culture
  • expand the requirements for environmental monitoring to reflect the increasing importance of this technique
  • encourage sites to further develop systems for security and food defence
  • add clarity to the requirements for high-risk, high-care and ambient high-care production risk zones
  • provide greater clarity for sites manufacturing pet food
  • ensure global applicability and bench-marking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Issue 8 of the Standard is divided into nine sections:

  1. Senior Management Commitment
  2. The Food Safety Plan – HACCP
  3. Food Safety and Quality Management System
  4. Site Standards
  5. Product Control
  6. Process Control
  7. Personnel
  8. High-Risk, High-Care and Ambient High-Care Production Risk Zones
  9. Requirements for Traded Products
Issue 9 Revision

BRCGS Food Safety Issue 9 is due for release 1 August 2022.

As with all revisions of the Global Standards, there must be a transition period between consultation, publication of the complete, finalised Standard and full implementation of the Standard, therefore the timeline is as follows:

  • Issue 9 will be published in August 2022
  • Certification against Issue 9 will commence in audits from 1 February 2023.

A study from Birkbeck, University of London (Oct 2021) finds that, in addition to food safety benefits, there is clear evidence that benefits of BRCGS certification extend beyond food safety to improved business performance, including sales, profitability, and reduced recalls.

Whitepaper: Food Safety Culture – A Holistic Approach

Successful food businesses don’t stand still, they evolve, adapt and respond to new challenges. A well developed food safety culture is integral to that success, no matter what size of business or where they are in the supply chain.

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