BRC Global Standards recognize that the food standard is used as the basis for a quality management system. In reviewing and rewriting the standard we have tried to concentrate on a few major areas where the standard needed to be revised to reflect the changing food safety landscape. The vast majority of the requirements of the standard are unchanged or with slight edits to the wording to aid clarity.
Reducing The Exposure To Food Fraud
Whilst the standard is not designed to detect food fraud, it should provide confidence to customers that their suppliers have robust systems in place to protect themselves from being the victims of a fraud further back in the supply chain. Although covered as part of HACCP and supplier approval in Issue 6, we have increased the focus on fraud prevention by introducing three new clauses. These look at vulnerability to fraud, as well as introducing tighter controls on supplier approval, particularly the controls of agents and brokers.