Unlocked PDF Issue 7 was published in January , and the requirements are an evolution from previous issues, with a continued emphasis on management commitment, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point. February: Agents and Brokers Standard. • October: BRC Participate Launch. • – + sites go unannounced audit plan. • January – Food 7. The BRC published Issue 7 of the Global Standard for Food Safety in January , and this new standard will be used for all audits from 1st July.
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Nothing excludes or limits the liability of the BRC for death or personal injury caused by . The requirements of the Issue 7 Standard are an evolution from previous issues The directory holds full copies of all audit reports in read-only PDF. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 Frequently Asked Questions and safety-issueguide-to-key-changes-unlocked-pdf-version) and on BRC. We hope that you will find this useful when preparing your site for an audit against the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7. This tool will be applicable.
It is expected that newly built factories will employ full wall separation where high-care facilities are required. Ambient products that are handled in theseareas are vulnerable, as the pathogens are known to survive on the product i. Salmonella species. Where there is no effective step it is assumed that any risk associated with the raw material is controlled as part of the raw material risk assessment. The finished products are such that vegetative pathogens could survive and grow in normal use, subsequently causing food poisoning, or are of a nature e. Examples of processes that require an ambient high-care processing area include the manufacture of chocolate from raw cocoabeans, the production of milk powder from raw liquid milk or the manufacture of peanut butter from raw peanuts. Ambient high-care products do not include those products where the risk of vegetative pathogen contamination from the rawmaterial has been controlled at an earlier stage in the supply chain.
The audit shall assess both how the central system complies with the relevant requirement of the Standard and how this links tothe manufacturing site operation. Reports for the central system auditThe certification body may produce a report of the central system audit for the benefit of the company.
The central system report shall not be uploaded to the BRC Global Standards Directory but the findings of the central system auditshall be incorporated into the final audit report of each of the associated manufacturing sites. Recording non-conformities identified at the central system auditAll non-conformities identified at the central office audit shall be recorded on the audit report of the first manufacturing siteaudited following the central systems audit — irrespective of whether these have been closed out before that audit or not.
However, only those non-conformities raised at the central office audit which have not been closed out to the satisfaction of thecertification body at the time of the manufacturing site audit shall be counted when calculating the grade for the manufacturingsite.
Any non-conformities identified at the head office audit which are still outstanding at the time of further manufacturing site audits second, third etc. COM Closure of central systems corrective actionsCorrective actions required following the central office audit shall be assessed in the same way as corrective actions raised at themanufacturing site and must be satisfactorily corrected before a certificate can be issued to the manufacturing sites.
This may beby documentary evidence or a revisit, as appropriate. Stage 2 — Manufacturing site s auditInformation from the central office audit including any evidence of corrective actions taken shall be made available to theauditors of the associated manufacturing sites by the certification body.
The auditor shall establish that the central systems components assessed are the same as those operating at the manufacturingsite. The auditor shall verify any corrective actions already taken following the central systems audit. Audit durationIt may be possible to reduce the duration of the manufacturing site audit to take account of systems already audited at a centraloffice. BRC audit reportThe final audit report shall be applicable to the manufacturing site.
The key personnel may include the names of key staff present at the central office audit. The manufacturing site s audit report shall include information about how both the site and the central system comply with therequirements of the Standard. The report shall indicate where a requirement is managed by a central office and provide anexplanation of how that requirement is satisfied.
Corrective actionThe 28 days allowed for evidence of corrective action to be provided starts from the date of the manufacturing site audit. It is the responsibility of the site to ensure that head office corrective actions have been provided to the certification body in orderto allow the site to become certificated.
This will require effective communication with the central systems office. CertificateThe certificate, where awarded, is issued to the manufacturing site.
The re-audit date for the manufacturing site is based on thegrade achieved and shall be 6 or 12 months from the initial audit date. The central office audits shall be carried out every 12 months and shall occur before the anniversary of the audit of the firstmanufacturing site.
Audits of other manufacturing sites associated with the central systemUsually there will be several manufacturing sites associated with a central system.
The information from the annual central systemaudit shall be used for each subsequent manufacturing site audit. Non-conformities originally raised at the central office and effectively corrected before the audit of that manufacturing site shallnot be recorded as non-conformities on the site audit report.
The BRC shall be contacted for advice before carrying out audit programmes for more complex arrangements of sites andcentralised systems. This shall involve work inquality assurance or food safety functions within manufacturing, retailing, inspection or enforcement, and the auditor shall be ableto demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of specific product categories for which they are approved.
It is essential that the HACCP course is recognised by the industry and its stakeholders as being appropriate and relevant. Certification bodies must be able to demonstrate that every auditor has appropriate training and experience for the particularcategories for which they are considered competent. Auditor competence shall be recorded at least at the level of each category,as indicated in Appendix 6.
Full detailed training records of the individual shall be maintained by the certification body throughout the term of employment,and retained for a minimum period of 5 years after leaving the employment of the certification body.
Products packed in glass e. If an extension to scope, includeoriginal audit date and visit date]Certificate issue date:Re-audit due date: from toCertificate expiry date:Accreditation BRC logo body logo Authorised by Name and full address of certification body Certificate traceability reference This certificate remains the property of [name of certification body] If you would like to feedback comments on the BRC Global Standard or the audit process directly to BRC, please contact enquiries brcglobalstandards.
This is not the error of test packs same as the procedure training listed in correction Staff trained 2 Specific checks on all metal detectors included in the internal audit schedule 3 Review of all items in the internal audit programme to ensure all the relevant systems and processes have been included 4 Metal detection procedure and record sheets updated to include requirement for sign-off by a suitable manager e. AdulterationAgent The addition of an undeclared material into a food item for economic gain.
Allergen A company that facilitates trade between a site or company and their raw material or packaging suppliers or their customers through the provision of services, but does not at any point own or take titleAmbient high care to the goods.
Announced audit A known component of food which causes physiological reactions due to an immunological responseAssured status e. ATP bioluminescence An ambient area designed to a high standard where practices relating to personnel, ingredients,techniques equipment, packaging and environment aim to minimise potential product contamination byAudit pathogenic micro-organisms.
Auditor An audit where the company agrees the scheduled audit day in advance with the certification body. Authenticity Products produced in accordance with a recognised product certification scheme, the status of whichBrand owner needs to be preserved through the BRC-certified production facility e.
Branded productBRC Global Markets A rapid test for cleanliness of surfaces based on ATP adenosine triphosphate — a substance used inprogramme energy transfer in cells and therefore present in biological material.
Broker A systematic examination to measure compliance of practices with a predetermined system, and whether the system is implemented effectively and is suitable to achieve objectives, carried out byCalibration certified bodies.
Certificate suspension A person possessing the appropriate competence and skills to carry out an audit. Certificate withdrawal Food authenticity is ensuring that food or raw materials downloadd and offered for sale, are of the nature,Certification substance and quality expected. The owner of a brand logo or name who places the said logo or name onto retail products.
Products bearing the logo, copyright or address of a company that is not a retailer. A recognition and audit scheme designed for sites which are either very small and for whom the full Standard may not be appropriate or for sites which are developing their food safety management systems. A set of operations that establish, under specified conditions, the relationship between values of quantities indicated by a measuring instrument or measuring system, or values represented by a material measure or reference material, and the corresponding values realised by standards.
Revocation of certification for a given period, pending remedial action on the part of the company. Where certification is revoked. Certification may only be regained following successful completion of the full audit process.
Clause A specific requirement or statement of intent that a site must comply with in order to achieve certification. Cleaning in place CIP The process of cleaning and sanitising food-processing equipment in its assembled position without the need for dismantling and cleaning the individual parts.
Competence Demonstrable ability to apply skill, knowledge and understanding of a task or subject to achieve intended results. Compliance Meeting the regulatory or customer requirements concerning product safety, legality and quality.
Consumer The end-user of the finished product, commodity or service. Contamination Introduction or occurrence of an unwanted organism, taint or substance to packaging, food or the food environment. Contamination includes physical, chemical, biological and allergen contamination.
Contract packer A company that packages the final product into consumer packaging.
Contractor or supplier A person or organisation providing services or materials. Control measure Any action or activity that can be used to prevent or eliminate a product safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level. Controlled document A document which is identifiable and for which revisions and removal from use can be tracked.
The document is issued to identified individuals and their receipt of the document is recorded. Correction Action to eliminate the cause of a detected non-conformity. Critical control point A step at which control can be applied and is essential to prevent or eliminate a food or product safety CCP hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level.
Cross-docking Material is unloaded at distribution premises, and handled, but not formally put away into storage. This may be a staging area where inbound materials are sorted, consolidated and temporarily stored until the outbound shipment is complete and ready to ship. Customer A business or person to whom a service or product has been provided, either as a finished product or as a component part of the finished product.
Customer focus A structured approach to determining and addressing the needs of an organisation to which the company supplies products and which may be measured by the use of performance indicators.
Distribution The transportation of goods within any container goods on the move by road, rail, air or ship. End consumer The ultimate consumer of a foodstuff, who will not use the food as part of any food business operation or activity. Enclosed product area An area of the factory where all products are fully enclosed and therefore not vulnerable to environmental contamination.
Flow diagram A systematic representation of the sequence of steps or operations used in the production or manufacture of a particular food item. Food defence Procedures adopted to assure the safety of raw materials and products from malicious contamination or theft.
COM Food fraud Fraudulent and intentional substitution, dilution or addition to a product or raw material, or misrepresentation of the product or material, for the purpose of financial gain, by increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of its production.
Food handler Anyone who handles or prepares food, whether open unwrapped or packaged. Food raw materials Food ingredients, additives and processing aids used in the manufacture of a product. Food security Procedures adopted to assure the continued availability of raw materials and products. Fundamental A requirement of the Standard that relates to a system which must be well established, continuouslyrequirement maintained and monitored by the company as absence or poor adherence to the system will have serious repercussions on the integrity or safety of the product supplied.
Genetically modified An organism whose genetic material has been altered by the techniques of genetic modification so thatorganism GMO its DNA contains genes not normally found there. Good manufacturing Implemented procedures and practices undertaken using best practice principles. Hazard Analysis and A system that identifies, evaluates and controls hazards which are significant for food safety. Critical Control Point HACCP High-care area An area designed to a high standard where practices relating to personnel, ingredients, equipment, packaging and environment aim to minimise product contamination by pathogenic micro-organisms.
High-care product A product that requires chilling or freezing during storage, is vulnerable to the growth of pathogens, has received a process to reduce the microbiological contamination to safe levels typically 1—2 log reduction and is ready to eat or heat.
High-risk area A physically segregated area, designed to a high standard of hygiene, where practices relating to personnel, ingredients, equipment, packaging and environment aim to prevent product contamination by pathogenic micro-organisms. Identity preserved A product which has a defined origin or purity characteristic which needs to be retained throughout the food chain e.
Importer A company facilitating the movement of products across an international border. Usually the first recipient of the products in that country. Incident An event that has occurred that may result in the production or supply of unsafe, illegal or non- conforming products.
This may be the first audit at a site or a subsequent audit of a site whose certification has lapsed. Internal audit General process of audit, for all the activity of the company. Conducted by or on behalf of the company for internal purposes. Job description A list of the responsibilities for a given position at a company.
Key staff Those staff whose activities affect the safety, legality and quality of the finished product.
May Indicates a requirement or text which provides guidance but is not mandatory for compliance to the Standard. Monitoring A planned sequence of observations or measurements of defined control parameters to assess whether predefined limits are being met. Non-conformity The non-fulfilment of a specified product safety, legal or quality requirement or a specified system requirement.
Open product area An area in which product is open to the environment i.
Outer packaging Packaging which is visible when the product is released from the site. Also B, C and new D grade. Unannounced audits have not changed. Voluntary Modules New voluntary modules are being developed which will be audited at the same time as the BRC standard additional time given. The aim of these is to reduce the number of separate audits.
The voluntary module for Traded Goods has already been published. Global Markets Programme This replaces the Enrolment audits and is designed for smaller sites, or where all the requirements of the full standard are not appropriate. Sites can be audited to a Basic or Intermediate level. Basic ensures that food safety is adequately covered, intermediate adds product quality. The requirements for each level are taken from the main standard.
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