[quote align=”center”]Issue 2 of BRC Global Standard Agents and Brokers will enter into force from February, 2018.
In just over a month, on February 1st, 2018, the second issue of the BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers will be effective. It reflects the current thinking in product safety, expands the scope to incorporate consumer products and encourages adoption of the BRC Global Standard worldwide.
The BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers provides a framework to manage product safety, quality and legality for businesses in the food, packaging and consumer products industries which buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products, but who do not manufacture, process or store products in their own facilities or on their own site. These companies play an essential role in the movement and trade of products, providing a critical link in their chain of custody.
The Standard may be used by companies operating the following services:
Brokers – companies that purchase or ‘take title to’ products for resale to manufacturers, other brokers, retailers or food service companies but do not directly sell to the consumer.
Agents or non-manufacturing service providers – companies that trade between a manufacturer or broker and their customer but do not at any point own or take title to the goods. Such companies provide a range of services to facilitate the safe and legal trade of products.
The Standard has a scope which covers certification for the following categories of products:
- Food products, including raw materials, processed foods, and fruit and vegetables.
- Packaging materials – primary, secondary and tertiary materials, and raw materials for the manufacture of packaging materials.
- Pet foods for domestic animals.
- Consumer products.
The Standard shall not apply to:
- animal feed for livestock;
- bulk fuels;
Certification against the BRC Global Standards is recognized by many retailers, food service companies and manufacturers around the world when assessing the capabilities of their suppliers.
The Standard has been designed to support compliance with regulatory requirements in the Food Safety Modernisation Act in the US and EU legislative requirements.
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