BRC Storage & Distribution Standard Achieves GFSI Benchmarking

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BRC Global Standards are pleased to announce that the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 2 has been successfully benchmarked against Issue 6 of the GFSI Guideline.

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Originally introduced in 2006 the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group including industry representatives, certification bodies and retailers, to provide the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards and the end user, the retailer and the food service company. The Standard is designed to provide best practice in handling, storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices to ensure product safety, quality and legality. It also enables certification of a range of contracted services commonly operated by storage companies on behalf of their customers to take into account the often diverse operations and networks making up the distribution chain.

The Standard currently has over 850 certificated sites in 31 countries and has enjoyed a growth rate of more than 10% in the past six months.

Further benefits of the Standard can be found here.

“We are very pleased that the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution has been
benchmarked by GFSI and the increased recognition this will bring for the BRC certificated sites. The Standard is widely used in Europe where its value in ensuring the management of product quality and safety through the supply chain is well established and recognition should provide a further boost to the rapid growth in uptake we are seeing in North America.”

David Brackston, Technical Director, BRC

“The GFSI board is pleased to recognise another food safety scheme against the newly published requirements for storage and distribution activities. This is another concrete example of GFSI’s global coverage and an outcome of its widespread solutions offered to nearly all parts of the supply chain”.

Mike Robach Vice President, Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Cargill Vice chair of the GFSI Board

Notes to Editors:

About the BRC’s Global Standards

BRC Global Standards are the world’s biggest provider of safety and quality Standards’ Programs for food manufacture, packaging, storage and distribution. BRC Global Standards are generated with the help of technical specialists, retailers, manufacturers and certification bodies from around the world, so everything is based on practicality, rigour and clarity.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offer comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

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About GFSI

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI was launched in 2000 following a number of food safety crises when consumer confidence was at an all-time low. Its collaborative approach to food safety brings together international food safety experts from the entire food supply chain at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry. GFSI is managed by an industry-driven Board of Directors and supported by The Consumer Goods Forum Board of Directors.

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