BRC (British Retail Consortium)& IFS (International Food Standard) Global Food Standard
The British Retail Consortium
BRC first issued the Global Food Standard in 1998 with the intention of eliminating multiple audits by retailer and third party auditors on food manufacturers supplying UK retailers with their own brand products.
This standard is used as the benchmark for food safety management and has been extensively revised to reflect EU legislation and continuous best practice requirements.
It possesses a comprehensive scope covering all areas of product safety and legality issues and addresses part of the due diligence required of both the supplier and the retailer.
The BRC standard has now become the internationally recognised mark of excellence. Certification to the standard verifies technical competence and aids suppliers', brand owners' and retailers' fulfilment of legal obligations. It also safeguards the consumer.
The retailers, food producers, 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, North and South America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East.
Intertek Moody is accredited by UKAS to provide certification to all food suppliers.
Intertek Moody's certificates are recognised by BRC (British Retail Consortium), which forms a critical part of food supplier qualification.
International Food Standard
Food retailers (and wholesalers) regularly carry out audits to assess the food safety features of retailer branded food product suppliers. These audits are made by certification body independent auditors.
Every producer of retail branded food products, who is working with German and French retailers (and wholesalers) is affected by IFS audits. Commercial agencies may not need IFS certification, but they can request their suppliers to do so as demonstration that an essential management system is in place.
Intertek Moody is able to provide accredited certification to food suppliers through its strategic partnership in Europe. The certificates are recognised by IFS and form a critical part of supplier qualification.
For the primary producers
Global GAP for agricultural products
Since 1997, Europe GAP has developed their standards to be primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety as well as animal welfare. This maintains consumer confidence in food quality and food safety. They have now grown into a series of worldwide accepted certification schemes for all retailers and have now changed their name to Global GAP to reflect their growing popularity and use.
GLOBAL GAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. It is an equal partnership of agricultural producers and retailers who wish to establish efficient and practical certification standards and procedures for Good Agricultural Practices (G.A.P).
Intertek Moody is able to provide Global GAP accredited certificates against the crop based schemes of Fruit & Vegetables. We are also able to offer the Global GAP Aquaculture standard for Farmed Fish and intend to follow this with the new standard for shrimp and other species.
Global GAP is provided through UKAS accreditation.