There are many different quality standards that applies to agricultural industry but three of them are the most recognised. Unfortunately we have not been able to certify our trading activity so far and are dependent on our suppliers' guarantees of good production practices and certifications they hold. However we are aware of benefits these standards can bear for production operations and customer.
Reading the reprints of different standards you will explore how important they are and what it takes to get them at work.
BRC Global Standard - Food
BRC - British Retail Consortium. Certifications they provide are the benchmark for food safety management.
It was created to establish a standard for the supply of food products. Certification to the Standard verifies technical competence and aids manufacturers, brand owners and retailers at the fulfilment of legal obligations. It also safeguards the consumer.
The retail industry, food manufacturers, importers, caterers, ingredient suppliers and the food service industry can all benefit greatly from this essential Standard. It is currently used by suppliers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Far East, Australasia, North and South America. It is a truly global Standard.
The Standard covers such critical topics as:
- HACCP system
- quality management
- factory environment standard
- product and process control
For more information go to the British Retail Consortium web page: www.brc.org.uk
ESIS is the premier third party independent inspection and certification service, providing retailers, manufacturers, farmers and caterers, throughout the world, with expert inspection and certification of their operations to ensure only the highest standards are maintained. EFSIS is the preferred inspection and certification inspection service to a wide range of specifiers worldwide. These include major multiple retailers grocery independents, contract caterers, multiple catering outlets, fast food chains, and a whole host of other companies operating in the food chain. EFSIS also inspect against various industry quality assurance schemes, covering an extensive range of food products.
For more information go to the EFSIS web page: www.efsis.com
These are well known standards for safety agricultural production and ideal to apply in meat processing plants. A good source of information to begin with HACCP practice is FDA - U.S. Food and Drug Administration web page at: www.fda.gov