I suppose it must be Best Practice to have MSDS documentation for all chemicals in use in food manufacturing / packaging facilities. I suspect some establishments / Engineers may not be aware of this.
IMEX, the obtainance of such sheets is not always straightforward, particularly where indirect purchasing routes are involved. And sometimes even where direct.
Interestingly, SQF (7.1 Code) seems to have a slightly different approach to BRC6 food.
I noted that BRC (4.9) specify “Raw material handling, preparation, processing, packing and storage areas” but also state “Appropriate facilities and procedures shall be in place to control the risk of chemical or physical contamination of product”. Presumably external Engineering Stores/Chemicals would be negligible risk and therefore (audit) excludable. ?
SQF, AFAI could see, only requires MSDS sheets to be available for detergents, sanitizers, and chemicals related to pest / vermin management programs. Perhaps it assumes that any other non-food compatible chemicals will be stored such that “no” risk of cross-contamination is present. This is presumably Best Practice also but IMEX may be wishful thinking due to the squirrel syndrome.
BRC seem to have overlooked the potential of (externally introduced) chemicals within their pest control program unless they may be included within the somewhat dubious para. 126.96.36.199.
It is possible that I have missed a paragraph(s) somewhere. I also didn't check to see if SQF have elaborated the requirements further in their Guidance materials. Corrections are welcome
Rgds / Charles.C