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#83519 BRC v 7 Gap analysis

Posted by agnes on 13 January 2015 - 02:47 PM

Hi there,


I am known to be impatient and I have done gap analysis between v6 and 7. Please help yourself to it. if any mistakes are found please let me know.



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#91342 2.5.1 Responsibility, Frequency, and Methods

Posted by ChocoTiger on 14 July 2015 - 08:37 PM



Here are generic examples of what is needed for,,, and  The programs I included in this are the prerequisite programs required by SQF.


Let me know if you need any additional help.



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#90966 Does anyone know what PIGS stand for?

Posted by Wine Gum on 07 July 2015 - 07:22 AM

The PIGS diagram can be used to formulate hazards comprehensively:


P- presence (qualitative and/or quantitative evaluation of presence of hazards)

I-Introduction (Likely occurrence of hazards and severity of their adverse health effects)

G - Growth (Production or persistence of foods of toxins, chemicals or physical agents)

S- Survival (Survival or multiplication of micro-organisms of concern)


Hope this helps!


Wine Gum

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#60958 Micro. Guidelines for Food Contact Surfaces

Posted by Charles.C on 30 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

Dear All,

I previously posted a table of various micro. guidelines for food contact surfaces which were mostly issued pre-2000 at this link –


To update the earlier info., the attached excel file presents guideline data I have accumulated for 12 countries issued in the period 2000 – 2012. The compilation demonstrates that for a range of food-related scenarios, some “average” opinions for various (just) cleaned surfaces are –

(a) For Aerobic Plate Count (APC) - the majority of data suggests that, for routine cleaning/sanitising, surfaces typically have maximum APC counts in the range 10-100cfu/cm2 .
(b) For factors like Coliform, (generic) E.coli, Enterobacteriaceae, S.aureus, the expected maxima are, predictably, low, eg 1-10 cfu/cm2, or undetected. The latter requirement also invariably applies for “zero-tolerance” pathogenic microbial species.

Hopefully of some interest. Further input / comments welcome as usual.

Attached File  Compilation of International Micro. Guidelines for food contact surfaces, 2000 onwards.xls   993KB   2988 downloads

Rgds / Charles.C

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#96805 Food Safety Morality

Posted by mgourley on 21 December 2015 - 10:30 PM

A lot of us have spent many hours writing policy to make sure that what we do is the right thing to do.

A lot of us have made sure that senior management is aware of said policy, and they always have input into the final product. We may go so far as to include approved exceptions.

Once they approve, or give tacit approval, that document states what we do in a certain situation. 


That policy, procedure, whatever, then governs how "all" people act when that particular situation arises.

After the fact is not the time for higher ups to decide that the policy does not need to be followed.


Make your objections known, CYA, and move on. You are exactly right. You do not want to set precedent. If you do, what's the point in this rule, or that policy?



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#91444 VACCP Risk Assessment

Posted by trubertq on 16 July 2015 - 03:39 PM

Since Storage and distribution is not my area I don't feel qualified to answer however I'm sure some one on here can help him.


I'd imagine his customers are looking for verification that his goods haven't been tampered with or substituted, as well as trying to pass the buck of VACCP onto him.....


I'd suggest going to his suppliers and requesting THEIR VACCP risk assessment and then add in his steps in the chain with his risk assessment.

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#86325 What is a Verification Schedule?

Posted by fgjuadi on 05 March 2015 - 08:41 PM

2.5.3 is your verification schedule,  I use this for verification activities - Verify the metal detector is working every 30 minutes .  Verify chemical concentration every morning via titration.


Internal audits go on 4.5.2 (Validation schedule)


To make it easier, I combine the 2.5.3 form with 2.5.1 (methods and responsibilities) and 2.5.4 (Verification of monitoring activities) .   Basically it's a chart with each monitoring and verification activity, frequency, and responsibility.

So maybe the QA Manager checks the visitor log once a week, but they only conduct a food defense audit annually.  The check goes on verification of monitoring, the audit goes on validation.


It can get very "fuzzy" as SQF does not dictate which activity is which. I attached copies of both if it will help - but don't be surprised if you get some different answers.


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#85923 Supplier Approval of Contract Service Providers

Posted by trubertq on 26 February 2015 - 03:57 PM

Make up a code of practice for them to sign , something simple not full of jargon, what you expect from them, what your Hygiene rules are etc.. I have attached a template

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#83199 Apology to Mr I from Mr IFSQN

Posted by Simon on 07 January 2015 - 09:44 PM

Over the last couple of day's it has become clear to me that I have made an almighty cock-up on MOTM and caused Mr I a huge injustice.


Mr I received the most reputation points in December (by a distance), but I did not award him MOTM because I (mistakenly) thought that once a member had won MOTM they could not win it again. When I checked the rules yesterday I realised I was wrong and a member can win it once per calendar year. I thought that was just an unfortunate, but simple mistake I had made.


However, (to my horror) I have now realized that MR I has NEVER won MOTM...I would have put my mortgage on that he had previously won it. To make matters worse it is likely that in previous months Mr I has scored the highest reputation points and won MOTM and I have overlooked him.


The upshot is I have dealt Mr I a real injustice and I am totally at fault and I have passed on my sincere apologies.  Thankfully Mr I has graciously accepted my apology.


For the record Mr I did not want me to publish this apology, but I want to because it is right to do so. We have some great members around here and Mr I is one of them.


To this end MR I is the first ever recipient of the annual Member of the Year award.   Apart from the title there will be some sort of badge of honour, but I’m working on that…ideas?




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#81054 Micro testing for compressed air (used on food equipment)

Posted by Charles.C on 18 November 2014 - 06:42 PM

Dear Laura,


Thank you for the detailed reply. Much appreciated. I have expanded a little on some of the comments in yr post / links.




I looked at  2 viewpoints, SQF/BCAS, on some desirable Quality characteristics of Compressed Air -

Purity is defined in the SQF Code (Appendix 2: Glossary) and means the absence of contaminants that could cause a food safety hazard. Pure air means the air is free of risk of cross-contamination to the products. Essentially, the air must not contribute any contamination to the product.


Strictly, use of the word “contamination”  as defined by SQF implies that  micro.standards based solely on APC limits could be regarded as safety (ie haccp) meaningless. (In a cleanroom context the situation would likely be rather different,  limits derived for sterile scenarios are in some articles recommended as not being arbitrarily transferred into the food scene without due caution).


Similarly to SQF, BCAS implicitly defines contaminants in its introduction via -


Contaminants that may be a potential hazard in food for human consumption

In the context of the BCAS COP, hazard is presumably interpreted as safety hazard. On this basis, some difficulties also arise IMO, eg - 

The BCAS Food Grade Compressed Air, A Code of Practice states,

"6.2 Microbiological contaminants.

HACCP shall establish the risk of contamination by microbiological contaminants. The level of viable microbiological contaminants in the compressed air shall not be detectable using the method described in clause 7.6." Clause 7.6 refers to ISO 8573-7 test method for viable microbiological contaminant content.


The word "detectable" suggests that any microbial species other than what is (somehow) defined as "natural"  to the specific product have zero tolerance. This seems inconsistent with basic haccp principles. Unless a list of accepably non-hazardous species exists ?


This post primarily focuses on micro. “B” factors, the “C, P” hazards are well over-viewed in the SQF faq (see Excel file/sheet3 below) and the Code’s Guidance documents, eg for parts 2/11.


I have done a little background searching regarding standards, micro.species, filters, etc and pasted some selected extracts into the attached excel book (the earlier studies in this area seem a little neglected these days, maybe justifiably :smile: ) . Most of the content will probably be (only too) familiar to you of course.


The source files are attached below, keyed to the excel sheet numbers.


Attached File  Compilation regarding Micro.Standards,etc for env. air,compressed air,filters in food plants.xls   1.48MB   417 downloads


Attached File  sh1 - microbiological air quality.pdf   489.76KB   531 downloads

Attached File  sh4 - Compressed-Air-in-the-Food-and-Beverage-Industry.pdf   3.82MB   402 downloads

Attached File  sh4.1 - food industry compressed air systems,white-paper.pdf   196.81KB   275 downloads

Attached File  sh5 - compressed air in food plants,white paper,Parker Balston.pdf   522.15KB   265 downloads

Attached File  sh6 - ECFF.pdf   402.26KB   279 downloads

Attached File  sh7 - tesco standard 2014.pdf   1.15MB   337 downloads

Attached File  sh8 - air filtration systems.pdf   193.62KB   287 downloads


Rgds / Charles


PS - Two/three of the above documents are already in the thread linked in post 2 above. I re-used them to allow some convenient integration.


The mystery (to me) of why SQF's faq (typically) refers to 0.1micron filters whereas the guidance document specifies 0.01 micron remains. Nonetheless, if the cost/maintenance/implementation factors are comparable (?), the latter seems a logical investment for an easy audit (also see sheet5 in Excel file). For current purposes i assumed the faq is more "maintained" than the guidance and "acted accordingly". :smile:


PPS - the extensive collection of TA documents available via Laura's links in previous post(s) are remarkable and valuable. Highly recommended for browsees. :thumbup:


P3S – for those interested here are 5 more links, the first two look at typical air sampling devices/procedures (mainly food/cleanroom respectively), the next 3 focus on micro.aspects/standards  as applied in pharmaceutical, cleanroom, sterile work scenarios. The similarities to concepts used (borrowed?) in the food business is clear but there are also significant differences in emphasis, eg the interest in viable/non-viable particles.




http://www.fda.gov/o...ug Products.htm



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#79737 BRC Global Standard for Packaging V5

Posted by cazyncymru on 23 October 2014 - 01:33 PM

Just released for draft consultation


Caz x

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#73564 IQA Salary Survey

Posted by cazyncymru on 09 June 2014 - 09:04 AM

I agree with Slab, yes I get paid more, but I don't just deal with Food Safety; under my umbrella comes Environment & Health & Safety!


Food Safety has changed so much in the last 14 years. I think its changed a lot in the last 5 years and if i'm honest, unfortunately (controversial statement coming), not all Quality Professionals have evolved along the way. Some times I see questions on here, and whilst we all have to start somewhere, I despair. I hold my head in my hands, wondering are they really serious or are they trolls! It does make me somewhat reluctant to respond to some post(ers). It would seem that some people are either unable to think for themselves or unwilling to! To be a quality professional you have to have at least a basic knowledge and I know it is difficult, but please if you haven't had a formal education in food safety, at least read a few books and try to learn something!


I think that we have now become more focussed in assessing risks with risk assessments becoming the backbone of a food safety system. As things have evolved, we are being asked to carry out more and more risk assessments; even if it doesn't truly affect our industry (I think Acrylamide!). Thing is, who's teaching people to do these risk assessments? And who taught them? their all subjective! as long as you can justify how you reached that conclusion, who's to say your right or wrong! In the latest version of the BRC, we are asked to carry out a vulnerability risk assessment. Now I work predominantly in Dairy, and I have interpreted this in risk assessing from the farm to the fork, so my study incorporates animal health as well as abuse by the customer. I'm lucky that in a previous life, I was involved in doing Farm Assurance, so I understand about what can potentially happen on the farm; but I bet I'm in the minority. We're asking quality professionals to assess something they may not have any idea about, and this is where mistakes can be made.


I also think we've become inundated with consultants. I probably get a request daily from either a consultant or a recruiter on LinkedIn!! If I need help I will ask, and if I want a new job, I'm sure I can find one myself! ( I've never used an agency to find a job)


So, those are my thoughts,  I'm sure many will disagree.



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#98575 Comparison between ISO 22000 & BRC V7

Posted by Tony-C on 16 February 2016 - 02:56 PM

Hi Charice & Charles.


As you say Charles the two standards are inherently different with ISO 22000 generic in many ways.


I have drawn up a table of clauses that offers a rough comparison:


Attached File  Comparison of ISO 22000 and BRC Food Issue 7.pdf   298.07KB   572 downloads


Kind regards,



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#94149 Vulnerability Assessment Template

Posted by mgourley on 07 October 2015 - 11:45 AM



See attached file.


I did some "real world" modeling and came up with some numbers in the 52-55 total score range.

I made the action level 50. The auditor was good with that.


It's important to remember that t he Standard does not say HOW you have to do this vulnerability assessment, it just says that you HAVE to do it.



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#89992 HACCP Awareness Training

Posted by gfdoucette07 on 10 June 2015 - 02:19 PM

Good day, Whitney


Here is the info I put forth for HACCP in my new hire program, for my annual training I use a combination of plant specific CCPs their limits, frequecy checks, and what to do ifs, plus a video from the "refridgerated foods corporation of america".  I have also included the quiz that came with the video. The slides arent too deep but for a new hire its a good start with our pre requiste programs.



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#83617 Bread smells like nail polish remover

Posted by mgourley on 14 January 2015 - 07:41 PM

This problem is nearly always caused by the wild yeast, endomycopsis. This yeast is found in nature and is carried into the plant by air currents. The yeast converts starch into acetone, which is the odor detected in the bread. The yeast can best be eliminated by washing the equipment with vinegar.





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#79618 Preventive action regarding incorrectly filled records?

Posted by fgjuadi on 21 October 2014 - 04:20 PM

corerctive action = what you do to fix the problem

preventative action = what you do to stop the problem from happening


Let's be frank - it probably isn't training.  You employees probably know how to fill out the form.  They probably do not want to be bad employees.  So why aren't they filling out the form? Maybe they're too busy, maybe equipment is missing.  Maybe you have to stand on the floor & watch the employees for a while before you can see the root cause.


So maybe you can translate the form to their language.  Maybe you can move the form closer to the point the check is being performed (or maybe it's too high / far away).  Maybe you can introduce a procedure to physically stop the line until the check is completed.  Maybe their chemicals aren't being filled every shift.  Maybe they ran out of forms and can't find new ones.   Maybe the pens are locked up & only day shift can get them and they hide them.  Etc.


They will make mistakes - just teach them to cross them out with a single line instead of a scribble.


If you know it will not affect business or it's a food safety record, you can put product without correct documentation on hold - depending on the paperwork in question, you can't release without it being correct, etc. 

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#77905 Waste Management Program

Posted by RG3 on 15 September 2014 - 08:07 PM

  1. Purpose:

The purpose of the Waste Disposal Procedure is to ensure that ________ products are produced, processed and handled in a safe and hygienic manner with appropriate waste disposal accommodations.


  1. Responsibilities:
    1. ___________ department is responsible for the execution of this procedure.


  1. The ________ is responsible for responding to events which generate extra waste and which will require an extra pick up by the trash removal service through _______company.


  1. ________is responsible to verify this procedure is executed as outlined through daily pre-operational form xxxxx and GMP operational audit form xxxxx.


  1. Procedures:

11.9.1 DRY AND LIQUID WASTE DISPOSAL Methods and Responsibility to Collect and Handle:

Sanitation ensures that both organic waste and regular trash generated in equipment washing process, food processing, and premises surroundings are effectively removed.  

 Waste Removal:

A. Daily sanitation cleaning procedures involves checking to ensure regular trash and organic wastes are adequately removed from processing areas, both pre-operations and during operations. All regular trash is to be collected in designated trash containers and organic waste is to be collected in designated organic waste containers. (For details please see xxxx Food Container and Cleaning Utensil Color Code).


B. Dry waste such as processing waste, disused packaging materials are to be disposed in the trash compactor located at the _____ and ____ area. Trash disposal area should be maintained clean and organized at all times and  verified daily to ensure it is not overflowing or leaking, and that litter or trash is not spilled or piled around it, which could pose a pest attraction, harborage or other contamination issue.


    Trash compactor is to be empty _(Frequency)_____by “_______ Company”.

  Container for Handling Waste Materials:

All plastic trash and organic waste containers are to be maintained in good conditions. Trash compactor and Trash Disposal Containers are to be maintained serviceable, organized and clean condition as not to attract flies and other vermin. Waste Effectively Removed from Surroundings:

Management ensures that waste is effectively removed from wash-down, processing, and premises. Daily sanitation inspection involves checking to ensure trash is adequately removed from processing areas, both pre-operationally and during operations.  The trash compactor area is verified daily to ensure it is clean and not overflowing or leaking, and that litter or trash is not spilled or piled around it, which could pose a pest attraction, harborage or other contamination issue. 


Trash compactor door must be kept closed at all times, except when they are being loaded or dumped. Liquid Waste

C. Liquid from ________ will be stored in Organic waste bins:

Reviews of the effectiveness of waste management will form part of daily hygiene inspections and the results of these inspections shall be included in the relevant GMP and Pre-operational reports.



Ongoing verification that the requirements in the Waste Disposal SOP are met is achieved through the internal inspection program.     




How's that for generic???

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#67416 Dr. Who 50th anniversary

Posted by Simon on 20 December 2013 - 07:12 PM

Here you go Merle...have fun.















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#220 Example HACCP Manual and Procedures for Packaging Company

Posted by Simon on 06 June 2003 - 09:32 AM

The zip file below (approx. 228 kb) contains:

- Hygiene management procedures (with index and list of supporting documents)
- Supporting Documents
- Example HACCP study manual
- BRC/IoP Gap Analysis Checklist

This documentary system has achieved certification to the BRC/IoP Packaging Standard - category B. Obviously all of the procedures were in place and fully implemented.

zipped hygiene documents

Please note:

1. Although in the procedures microbiological auditing (swabbing etc.) is not a requirement of the standard but was always carried out by this company as a customer requirement.

2. You are welcome to do what you want with these documents (apart from sell them). They are provided free, 'as is' and with no warranty. They are provided solely as examples to give you ideas. They must be reviewed and amended as appropriate to your own organisation, product and process etc.

If documents are missing or anybody wants a specific document just ask in here. Also if you want to talk about documents again we can do it in here.
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