Over half of all foods sold in the UK are retailer own branded products. Under the Food Safety Act 1990, these retailers must be able to demonstrate ‘due diligence’ and ensure food products are produced safely for the consumer.
The BRC Consumer Products Standard has been developed by the British Retail Consortium, the lead trade association representing retailers.
Manufacturers and suppliers of packaging used for retailer own branded products have an obligation to implement appropriate systems and controls to ensure the suitability of their packaging for safe food and non-food use.
BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution has been designed to ensure best practice in the handling, storage and/or distribution of food, consumer goods and packaging materials.
Issued in January 2014, it enables those organisations that buy and sell products or provide a service in the food supply chain to demonstrate best practice on product safety, quality and operational conditions.
The Food Safety System Certification 22000 scheme, FSSC 22000, has been developed for food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal or perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life and food ingredients such as additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.
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ISO 22000 is an international standard which specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. It involves interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programmes and HACCP principles.
The Red Tractor Assurance scheme is designed to maintain, develop and encourage integrated assurance standards within the food industry. It aims to help consumers and retailers feel confidence about the quality of the products they purchase through increased standards.
Seafood assurance has a major role to play; the benefits of sustainable fisheries and fish farming as well as the need to mitigate the environmental impacts of fishing and aquaculture are increasingly in the public consciousness.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) techniques are increasingly being used in the food industry and are becoming a universally accepted method for food safety assurance. The UK’s Food Standards Agency recommends HACCP as the most effective way for food businesses to ensure consumer protection.
All LRQA clients will have their FSSC 22000 assessments conducted against ISO/TS 22002-1 in addition to ISO 22000. Was developed to specify requirements for prerequisite programmes to assist in controlling food safety standards within the manufacturing processes of the food supply chain.
Prerequisite programmes and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging.
Prerequisite programmes and requirements for controlling feed safety hazards in feed and animal food as well as in materials intended for use in the production of feed and animal food.