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#1 Tony-C

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 05:35 PM

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 is now available from the BRC Book Shop:

 

https://brcbookshop....afety/c-24/c-70

 

Also available:

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 Guide to Key Changes

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 Interpretation Guideline

 

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 09:25 AM

Thanks Tony.

Any surprises compared to the draft consultation version?

I foresee a fun evening of gap analysis for me tonight!



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 01:48 PM

Thanks Tony.

Any surprises compared to the draft consultation version?

I foresee a fun evening of gap analysis for me tonight!

 

Not really. One of the draft changes to clause 3.8.1 did not make the final version.

 

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 02:07 PM

Many thanks Marshall
The bit added to the draft for 3.8.1 was the root cause requirement IIRC - seemed a bit redundant, given that this is effectively in place under 3.7 anyway.



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Posted 01 August 2018 - 02:49 PM

Many thanks Marshall
The bit added to the draft for 3.8.1 was the root cause requirement IIRC - seemed a bit redundant, given that this is effectively in place under 3.7 anyway.

Correct. However the way the draft language read (at least the way I understood it) was that RCA would have had to be done for ALL instances of non-conforming product, which is just silly.

 

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 05:58 PM

Does anyone have a gap analysis document for version 8, I am looking for a working document.

 

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:33 PM

Please link to the BRC documents rather than uploading here or we could get into trouble.

 

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:43 PM

Thanks Simon, I am sure the BRC advised a gap analysis document would be available? for version 7 this was in the form of an excel document. 



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Posted 02 August 2018 - 06:41 AM

Thanks Tony.

Any surprises compared to the draft consultation version?

I foresee a fun evening of gap analysis for me tonight!

 

Hi pHruit,

 

I have been looking mainly at the differences between Issue 7 and Issue 8 but here are the differences I noted between the draft and Issue 8.

 

Changes form Draft Nov 2017 to Issue 8

 

2.1.1 Removed (eg requirements for a PCQI in the USA).

 

2.3.1 Changed from target to maximum shelf life

 

2.7.1 Added consideration of the following types of hazard:

microbiological

physical contamination

chemical and radiological

contamination fraud (e.g. substitution or deliberate/intentional adulteration)

malicious contamination of products

allergen risks

 

3.4 Maintained original section name Internal Audits not changed as per draft

 

There generally is reference to ‘primary packaging’ in Issue 8 rather than ‘packaging’ particularly in 3.5 SUPPLIER AND RAW MATERIAL APPROVAL AND PERFORMANCE MONITORING

 

3.5.4 MANAGEMENT OF OUTSOURCED PROCESSING

Packing of products by third parties (e.g. contract packing) has been removed from this section as this should not form part of the scope of the audit (the packing site is encouraged to have its own certification).

 

3.6.4 Specification review shall be sufficiently frequent to ensure that data is current or at a minimum every 3 years - retained (deleted in draft)

 

New 3.7.3 The site shall have a procedure for the completion of root cause analysis.

 

3.11.4 In the event of a significant food safety incident, including a product recall or regulatory food safety non-conformity (e.g. a regulatory enforcement notice), the certification body issuing the current certificate for the site against this Standard shall be informed within 3 working days.

 

4.2.1 The output from this assessment shall be a documented threat assessment plan…… review …… etc

 

The information in Issue 7 clause 4.2.3 has been transferred to the interpretation guideline for Issue 8. This is because the new clause 4.2.3 in Issue 8 has a wider remit.

 

4.5.3 Legislation re. water Removed - Legislative requirements are fully covered in Issue 8, clause 4.5.1.

 

4.5.4 Compressed air that is in direct contact with the product shall be filtered at point of use.

 

4.7.3 Where temporary repairs are made, these shall be documented

 

4.9.2.1 There shall be a documented policy for the controlled use and storage of sharp metal implements

 

4.10.1 changed to SELECTION AND OPERATION OF FOREIGN-BODY DETECTION AND REMOVAL EQUIPMENT

 

4.14.1 The frequency of inspections shall be determined by risk assessment and shall be documented. The risk assessment shall be reviewed whenever: ………………. there has been a significant pest issue.

Service provision regardless of the source shall meet with all applicable regulatory requirements.

 

4.14.4 Records may be on paper (hard copy) or controlled on an electronic system (e.g. an online reporting system).

 

4.16.2 All vehicles or containers used for the transport of raw materials and the dispatch of products shall be fit for purpose………………..

 

5.1.5 – 5.1.7 Moved to new section 5.8 PET FOOD

 

New 6.1.2 Where equipment settings are critical to the safety or legality of the product, changes to the equipment settings shall only be completed by trained and authorised staff. Where applicable, controls shall be password-protected or otherwise restricted.

 

6.2.4 The site shall establish and implement procedures in the event of a failure in the online verification equipment (e.g. a documented and trained manual checking procedure).

 

New 7.1.5 All relevant personnel (including relevant agency- supplied staff, temporary staff and contractors) shall have received training on the site’s labelling and packing processes which are designed to ensure the correct labelling and packing of products.

 

8.5.2 Microbiological limits for acceptable and unacceptable cleaning performance shall be defined for high-risk/ high-care production risk zones.

 

No 8.5.4 - Dedicated CIP system for high risk or high care

 

I would recommend purchasing the Guidance and Changes documents or viewing them if you have access to Participate.

 

Kind regards,

 

Tony



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Posted 02 August 2018 - 08:52 AM

Hi Tony,
Many thanks for taking the time to share that.

I'll be getting hold of the documents from Participate shortly - we have our last audit against Issue 7 in a few weeks, so have a while to get ready for 8 but often find that the auditors are starting to think about the requirements for the new version so want to ensure we're reasonably up to speed and starting to cover any gaps.



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Posted 01 September 2018 - 08:04 PM

Hi, I am looking for the BRC self assessment tool Issue 8. Is ther any one that could possibly share?. Thanks



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Posted 02 September 2018 - 04:27 AM

Hi Carlos,

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 Auditor Checklist and Site Self-Assessment Tool can be downloaded at the link below:

https://www.brcgloba...st-english.docx

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Posted 03 September 2018 - 01:19 AM

Hello pHruit,

 

That's what happened on our last audit on June against BR7. It seemed they auditor is quite strict on its auditing. We just assumed he prepared us for the BRC8. Just a thought.

 

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 08:43 AM

Hi redfox,
We had our final V7 audit last week and, having prepared for it, of course the auditor didn't ask anything about V8.
She is delivering the Issue 8 conversion training to the other auditors from our CB though, so did get some opportunity for useful discussion on their expectations and interpretation during the lunch breaks ;)







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