Iam once again proud and delighted to confirm that we have achieved BRC AA standard; and it’s the very latest Version 8 variant. It’s great news because it’s not something that can be prepared for at the last minute: to achieve that standard means it is embedded in the way we, and anyone else achieving that standard, operates.
So, what exactly is BRC? If we were a car it would be the toughest MOT that the car had ever had… and some!
A BRC audit covers seven core sections:
- Senior management commitment and continual improvement
- The Food Safety Plan – HACCP
- Food safety and quality management system
- Site standards
- Product control
- Process control
Within each section, of course, there are a multitude of elements. Traceability (under Product Control) is a good example – it’s vital that every ingredient, of every recipe, can be tracked back accurately to its origins. In complex fillings, such as mincemeat, that might be up to 30 in a single product recipe!
I’ve heard that some food factories have found BRC Version 8 a significant challenge to the way they work. So, this fantastic AA result not only means a great business for us and for our customers, it’s also testament to everyone who works here: great people working as a great team.
Happy Christmas Everyone!
MD of Fourayes, Vice Chairman of British Apples and Pears, Fruitician and Mad Scientist.