Tip of the Week - BRC Issue 7

Are you ready for your next BRC certification audit? The new BRC food safety issue 7 was published in January 2015 and it will be used for all audits starting July 1, 2015.

The vast majority of the requirements of the standard remained unchanged. Most edits were to add clarity around existing requirements. However, there are a few key areas that have changed and will need an extra focus.

Key Clauses

Key clauses which have been added include:

Reducing the Exposure to Food Fraud (5.4.1-3)
Increased focus on fraud prevention by introducing 3 new clauses looking at vulnerability to fraud as well as tightened controls on supplier approval and looked specifically at the controls of Agents and Brokers.

Supply Chain Traceability (3.9.3)
Extended requirements for traceability to include assurances about the traceability system operated by raw material suppliers.

Agents and Brokers (3.5.1.3)
Where raw materials are supplied by Agents and Brokers, it will be necessary to know the manufacturer of the raw material and ensure the manufacturer meets the raw material supplier approval process of the site.

New Ambient High Care Area (4.3.7)
New category introduced in response to pathogen-related recalls in ambient/low-moisture foods. 

Fundamental Status Clauses

In addition, two clauses have been elevated to Fundamental Status:

  • 3.5.1 Management of suppliers of raw materials and packaging
  • 6.2 Labelling and pack control

For more information, check out our BRC Food Transition to Version 7 Webinar! Available in English and Spanish.

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