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Fresh produce compliance guide
BRC fresh produce compliance
The BRC Food Safety Standard can be used by any food processing operation where open food is handled, processed or packed. This could be from primary products such as fresh produce pack houses and slaughterhouses through to processed foods, canneries and ready to eat products. We’ve designed the BRC Food Safety Standard to help you establish good manufacturing practices so you’ll produce safe, legal products that meet the quality levels expected by your customers.
For any food safety system to be effective it’s essential the senior management team is fully committed to its application and continued development. The basis for the Food Safety System is an effective HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) program based on the requirements of the internationally recognised Codex Alimentarius system. Sets out expectations for the production environment including the layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment, cleaning, pest control, waste management and foreign body controls.
BRC Sets out requirements for the management of food safety and quality, building upon the principles of ISO 9000. This includes requirements for product specifications, supplier approval, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls.
Includes the requirements for product design and development stage including allergen management, product and ingredient provenance, product packaging and product inspection and testing. Includes the establishment and maintenance of safe process controls, weight/volume control and equipment calibration, and ensures the documented HACCP plan is put into practice.
US fruit importer announces BRC certification
LGS Specialty Sales Ltd. (LGS), an importer and distributor of citrus, grapes, and avocados, is thrilled to announce that they are BRC certified. The company said they are one of the first in its category to earn this certification.
LGS said it sought the BRC certification due to its set of standards that are tailored to the company’s role within the supply chain. BRC certification is a more rigorous standard within the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), with LGS citing it is a good fit for their business model as an importer. As a certified company, BRC not only monitors LGS for compliance, but also verifies all of its suppliers for implementation of food safety and quality protocol.
"This investment was a valuable choice for our team knowing that it would enhance our brand quality,” said Kristina Kovac, Food Safety director at LGS. “It is part of our company’s model to always be forward-thinking and a step ahead.”
“From the very beginning, we have cared deeply about food safety, not just to protect our customers - which is of utmost important to us - but to also enhance our credibility and relationships with retail partners,” said Luke Sears, President and founder of LGS. “We want them to be assured that the products we provide are the best available from around the world and protected with the highest standards from our growers to their produce bins.”
Italy: Food Contact Tape by Irplast
Food Contact Tape BY Irplast (BRC-certified) it's a tape, suitable for labelling fruit and vegetables, that respects the organoleptic properties of the products. The tape is suitable for contact with food and can adhere to various types of fruit and vegetables without leaving residues.
Leading ink (INX and SunChemical) and label (Henkel) producers supported Irplast in the choice of raw materials suitable for this kind of application, especially regarding food contact compliance.
The inks used to make the Food Contact Tape are formulated in accordance with the EuPIA Exclusion List (CEPE) and the label is made using exclusively raw materials included in the XIV BfR recommendation.
Food Contact Tape complies with standard 1416/2016/EC as its composition guarantees:
- the respect of strict health and hygiene regulations during the entire production cycle in compliance with the brc-iop standard;
- the use of barrier films suitable for direct contact with food, phthalate and free monomer-free;
- a global migration level below 10 mg/dm2;
- no set-offs.
Food Contact Tape is a system that enables the labelling and wrapping of portions, thus significantly reducing the need for additional packaging, while at the same time displaying brand and product information.
Food Contact Tape can be applied with automatic taping machines.
Irplast Food Contact Tape complies with "Framework" Regulation (EC) no. 1935/2004 of the European Parliament and Council on food contact materials and Regulation (EC) no. 2023/2006 of the European Commission on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.
Thanks to its composition and specifically-developed glue, Food Contact Tape guarantees that:
- the ink is enclosed by two layers of film for increased safety
- the adhesive mass complies with migration principles
- "not intentionally addictional substances" are checked
- it is mosh and moah free
Halls Limpopo packhouse officially SIZA Platinum certified
The Halls Limpopo
Packhouse (HLP) attains a Platinum SIZA certificate in this year’s SIZA audit. The audit process started in April with a SIZA document audit, followed by a site inspection which took place in July.
SIZA, the Sustainability Initiative of South Africa, provides a platform for agricultural stakeholders to ensure ethical and environmentally sustainable trade. This platform monitors care for the environment and compliance with labour legislation.
With the SIZA new standards implemented, an enormous effort was required by Irene, (Administrator and Quality Assurance at HLP) to ensure compliance and ultimately qualified the packhouse to attain a platinum status/certification.
Training is of utmost importance for the packhouse and the staff are trained in every aspect of packing operation as well as the 8 principles of the SIZA programme. “Ten staff members were interviewed by the auditor on the site inspection and no complaints were received or recorded” says Irene. The HLP staff are treated well and have a well-equipped canteen including a pool table for entertaining during lunch times.
Not only has the HLP Team done exceptionally well in their SIZA audit, they continue to perform well in their annual BRC Audits. For 3 years in a row now the Packhouse has received an AA Grading, which is the highest grading level in the BRC Audit.
Irene: “We are working well as a team. Our staff are very proud of the packhouse and therefore they want to pack the best quality fruit with a good attitude. Keeping the packhouse clean is a daily routine. You will not find another group of people working harder and with more diligence than the staff of HLP. They are always willing to work overtime if needed, without any complaints. Absenteeism from work is minimal, and although I need to turn the music louder on a Friday afternoon, the work always gets done in time”.
“As the Packhouse Manager of HLP, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody working at HLP for their hard work and support to achieve the highest qualification for BRC and SIZA audits”, says Annatjie, Packhouse Manager at HLP.
The Halls leadership team would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the team at HLP for their hard work and dedication and making HLP the success that it is.
For more information:
Halls - South Africa
Tel: +27 13 753 5700
Halls - Netherlands
Tel: + 31 174 791 041