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Posted 08 July 2014 - 04:44 PM

So this is like a completely newbie question here, but as a packaging manufacturer (we make foam meat trays) I only need to be looking at the "BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials Issue 4" in guidance for the audit correct? Or do I also need to look at the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 6? Sorry for being such a new guy, but a company has just required that we become gfsi certified. Thanks for the help guys!



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 05:40 PM

Have you decided to do BRC or is your customer requiring it?  BRC is not the only scheme that covers packaging.  SQF  covers it as well.  I would have to double check the other schemes to see if they cover packaging. 


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 05:42 PM

Have you decided to do BRC or is your customer requiring it?  BRC is not the only scheme that covers packaging.  SQF  covers it as well.  I would have to double check the other schemes to see if they cover packaging. 

The company is not requiring BRC but my company is wanting to use BRC 



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:32 PM

First off no apologies needed for being new....we've all been new at some point and we can take on new things.  Even the most experienced can keep learning.  While BRC will cover GFSI and good manufacturing you still are going to need to follow FDA  and if your selling to Europe the EU guidelines.  Testing for packaging can be confusing especially at first.  A good lab will do wonders, but that is the tricky part.  I found even some of the most recognized labs not very helpful or knowledgeable.  I finally got to a recognized lab with a good rep and it all became much easier. 


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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:44 PM

First off no apologies needed for being new....we've all been new at some point and we can take on new things.  Even the most experienced can keep learning.  While BRC will cover GFSI and good manufacturing you still are going to need to follow FDA  and if your selling to Europe the EU guidelines.  Testing for packaging can be confusing especially at first.  A good lab will do wonders, but that is the tricky part.  I found even some of the most recognized labs not very helpful or knowledgeable.  I finally got to a recognized lab with a good rep and it all became much easier. 

FDA should be good, we have been selling for awhile now and just going under AIB, we have all sorts of data that just needs to be put in the right place I believe. Thank you!



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Posted 08 July 2014 - 07:41 PM

FDA should be good, we have been selling for awhile now and just going under AIB, we have all sorts of data that just needs to be put in the right place I believe. Thank you!

 

So you should be good...now for the easy part (not) the BRC.  :rofl2:


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 01:43 AM

So this is like a completely newbie question here, but as a packaging manufacturer (we make foam meat trays) I only need to be looking at the "BRC/IOP Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials Issue 4" in guidance for the audit correct? Or do I also need to look at the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 6? Sorry for being such a new guy, but a company has just required that we become gfsi certified. Thanks for the help guys!

Hiya

 

As all my posts are, slightly :off_topic:

I don't use BRC, so I don't know if you should use standard 4 or standard 6, but I do know that when I read "foam meat trays" I thought immediately of these, which don't require any food safety standard at all to produce, but have complex nutrition panel/labeling requirements -

http://www.ebay.com/...5346161?lpid=82


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:02 AM

BRC/IOP V4 is for packaging

 

BRC Food V6 is for food. The packaging standard isn't as stringent as the food standard.

 

You'd need to follow BRC / IOP. BUT it wouldn't be a bad thing to adopt some of the principles of BRC Food. Be one step ahead!

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:25 PM

Hiya

 

As all my posts are, slightly :off_topic:

I don't use BRC, so I don't know if you should use standard 4 or standard 6, but I do know that when I read "foam meat trays" I thought immediately of these, which don't require any food safety standard at all to produce, but have complex nutrition panel/labeling requirements -

http://www.ebay.com/...5346161?lpid=82

yeah we make those! but yes the BRC is a requirement of the purchaser rather than a requirement of the industry, thanks!



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 12:26 PM

BRC/IOP V4 is for packaging

 

BRC Food V6 is for food. The packaging standard isn't as stringent as the food standard.

 

You'd need to follow BRC / IOP. BUT it wouldn't be a bad thing to adopt some of the principles of BRC Food. Be one step ahead!

 

Caz x

Thank you! Thats what I was thinking, but just double checking. Do you use the packaging standard at all or just have knowledge? Hopefully I can pick your brain in the future!



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:26 PM

BRC/IOP V4 is for packaging

 

BRC Food V6 is for food. The packaging standard isn't as stringent as the food standard.

 

You'd need to follow BRC / IOP. BUT it wouldn't be a bad thing to adopt some of the principles of BRC Food. Be one step ahead!

 

Caz x

 

It wouldn't be a bad thing at all but you will need to 'cough up' for another standard!



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:28 PM

It wouldn't be a bad thing at all but you will need to 'cough up' for another standard!

 

Or download V7 Draft for free! :giggle:



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Posted 09 July 2014 - 02:44 PM

Or download V7 Draft for free! :giggle:

 

Or go for SQF certification instead as the SQF Code (which covers most of the food chain) is available for free :sleazy:






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