Gavin Watson Printers


BRC/IOP Global Standard

. . . managing hygiene for consumer confidence

BRC/IOP - Global Standard for Food Safety - Certification

The BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standards for Food were created to ensure supplier compliance and secure retailers' ability to guarantee the quality and safety of the food products that they sell. The new Global Standard for Food Safety was published in January 2008, which the food industry are expected to meet and be certified to, from July 2008.

Having BRC Certification enables us to provide trust to customers and consumers about our company's capability to manage the food safety related risks in regard to the production of the labels we produce. The most important European retailers and many food processing industries established BRC certification as mandatory requirement to be included in their food and/or ingredients supplier list which we fully embraced ath the time and have been accredited ever since.

The standards is extensive however in essence it enables our organisation to:

  • Provide evidence of commitment and, in case of food safety incident, legal defence in the frame of the "due diligence" concept
  • Build and operate a management system capable of helping us to better meet food quality and safety requirements and legal compliance, with specific reference to the legislation applicable in the Countries where the finished product is consumed
  • Provide a tool for food safety performance improvement, and the means to monitor and measure food safety performance effectively
  • Facilitate reductions in product waste, product reworking and product recall