PARIS, 14th August 2014 — The GFSI Board of Directors is pleased to announce that BRC Global Standards has achieved recognition against the Guidance Document Sixth Edition for the scope of Storage and Distribution (J). This is in addition to the scopes for which BRC has already achieved GFSI recognition (D, EI, EII, EIII, EIV, L and M). The GFSI Guidance Document’s Scope J, Provision of Storage and Distribution Services, is the latest extension to the scopes covered by the GFSI benchmarking requirements, and includes the management of safety schemes for storage facilities and the distribution vehicles for food and feed.
The GFSI Benchmark Committee was led by Vince Craig, director of MTS (UK) with the support of Gys Greef, Supplier Quality Manager, The Coca-Cola Company, and Vanessa Broadnax, Brands Integrity Manager, Ahold.
“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
“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 BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was first developed in 2006 and is now in its second edition. The Standard was developed using logistics experts and is focused on the practical requirements in Storage and Distribution needed to manage the quality and safety of food, packaging and consumer products. Many logistics businesses also provide added services for their customers and the BRC Standard includes a range of additional voluntary modules allowing certification to activities such as wholesaling, contract packing, and product sorting where required.
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.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was founded to deliver equivalence and convergence between effective food safety management systems through its benchmarking process and continues to flourish in doing so. Benchmarking is a “procedure by which a food safety‐related scheme is compared to the GFSI Guidance Document”. The benchmarking process determines equivalency against an internationally recognized set of food safety requirements, based on industry best practice and sound science. These requirements are developed through a consensus building process by key stakeholders in the food supply chain and can be found in the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition, freely available for download on www.mygfsi.com. RECO The common acceptance of GFSI recognised schemes in the global market place by buying companies provides flexibility and choice within the food supply chain. Acceptance furthermore drives cost efficiency and consistency in when sourcing food and delivers greater confidence to the end users of third party certification.
GFSI is managed by the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), a global, parity-based industry network, driven by its members. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of over 650 retailers, manufacturers, service providers and other stakeholders across 70 countries and reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Forum member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.1 trillion. With its headquarters in Paris and its regional offices in Washington, D.C., and Tokyo, the CGF serves its members throughout the world.