The food industry works to strict legislation to ensure safety to the consumer. Certification to an accredited food management system, such as BRC, SALSA, and STS, which illustrates that a company operates to a certain standard
The food industry works to strict legislation to ensure safety to the consumer. Certification to an accredited food management system, such as BRC, SALSA, and STS, illustrates that a company operates to a certain standard.
There are a number of different food standards that are suitable for a range of different food and drink operators, depending on size and who they supply to. As such, many companies use standards to promote their business and to access new markets. In fact, many industry buyers insist that their suppliers are certified to their required standard.
BRC Global Standards - are a major global safety and quality certification programme, used throughout the world by more than 17,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries. Run by The British Retail Consortium (BRC), which is the lead trade association representing the whole range of retailers, they help to standardise quality, safety, operational criteria and manufacturers’ fulfilment of legal obligations. Many retailers stipulate that producers must be BRC accredited in order to supply to them.
Green Gourmet work with food manufacturers who are certified to the BRC Global Standards
Green Gourmet's cold store is certified to the BRC Global Standard for storage and distribution.
STS - is a requirement to supply for some of the major UK food service organisations. Designed for smaller companies, the accreditation is also sought by procurers in the NHS and other public sector organisations such as schools.
Green Gourmet are STS approved in accordance with the code of practice and technical standard for food processors and suppliers to the public sector.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the sole body recognised by Government for the assessment and verification against international standards of certification, inspection, testing and calibration activities in both the private and public sectors. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates an organisation’s competence, impartiality and capability, and helps to underpin the credibility of performance, goods and services in both the UK and international arenas. UKAS has an explicit duty to act in the public interest.
Green Gourmet laboratories are both UKAS approved
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) - is a legal requirement for all food and drink firms…whether they operate in manufacturing, catering or retail. It helps food business operators to focus on how they handle food and introduce procedures to ensure that food is safe to eat.
Halal Verification - With approximately 3 million halal consumers in the UK, and millions abroad, the standard is an important one for slaughterhouses, food manufacturers and food service operators.
SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval) - helps local and regional food and drink producers to supply their products to national and regional buyers. A nationally recognised food safety certification scheme, it’s been specifically developed for small and micro producers.