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Clause 4.4 - Product inspection and laboratory testing

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#1 MiguelCosta

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 11:15 AM

Hello,

 

I am developing the QMS for a Agents&Broker that buys and sells Italian cheese to the UK market.

 

We weant to be BRC Agent & Brokers certified but we do not know the following:

 

      1.We buy finished and packed product from Italian manufacturers

      2.Italian manufacturers do product testing and analysis

      3.Manufacturers are required to complete internal specifications

      4.Manufacturers are audited every year to maintain approval status

      5.Product arrives in UK to our Storage and distribution services supplier

      6.Product is then distributed to customers depots

 

In terms of clause 4.4 are we expected to carry out any product analysis?

We believe that we do not need to carry out these analysis has the product is packed and we audit our suppliers every year. Our supplier approval method means that a supplier may be approved but product may not be as we rate all analyses carried out by supplier.

 

Can anyone please help on what exactly BRC is looking for in this clause?

 

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Miguel Costa


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#2 BrummyJim

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Posted 13 October 2016 - 10:24 AM

Hi Miguel,

 

There are two main issues here, food safety and product authenticity. How do you know that your products are what your suppliers tell you they are? 

 

Some products are more prone to counterfeiting than others (c.f. the horse-meat scandal). I would suggest that some of your cheeses might fall into this category, especially if you are making particular claims such as organic. Would you know by inspecting a package that it was not authentic? If the answer is no, you should be investigating how you can test for authenticity. Use a risk based approach to submit samples.

 

From a food safety perspective, how well do you trust the analysis results from your suppliers, and are you considering bacterial growth over time? Are the cheeses being kept in the conditions they should be? In my case - fruit juice - we know that summer is not a good time for transporting tankers as the load temperature rises over time, and it can take a week to reach the customer. Again, use a risk based approach, but ensure you have an approved transport and warehousing supplier as well as the approved manufacturer.

 

Finally, you have an opportunity to check the CofA. You will not want to do this often, but a risk based approach allows you to manage your suppliers more effectively.


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Posted 01 November 2016 - 04:29 PM

Hi BrummyJim

 

Thanks for your insight and help.

 

I was wondering if you have a risk assessment template I could use.

 

Thanks


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#4 BrummyJim

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 09:00 AM

Hi Miguel,

 

Sorry, nothing I can release.


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#5 Felicia Fadipe

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 02:42 PM

Are you aware of any free and publicly available database or website for food fraud/adulteration. I am currently only referring to RASFF but not much on there?


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