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Posted 10 December 2018 - 07:13 PM

Hi, I work for a Haulage company who also temporarily bulk store products. A new customer wants us to store and distribute some of their bulk stock tea, chocolate, other food stuffs). My question is; if we are just taking delivery, storing and bulk sending boxes of product, do we need to be HACCP certified to gain BRC and organics certification? Im new to this sector. Any advice would be greatfully recieved


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 08:05 PM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe you have to pay for a so-called "HACCP Certification" to implement BRC, you simply need to create a HACCP plan and build your BRC-compliant food safety program around it to gain BRC certification.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:08 PM

If you want to be BRC certified, you would have to be under the Storage and Distribution Standard.

I don't know for sure, but I would assume HACCP/Food Safety Plans would be a requirement as part of that Standard.


Organic is an entirely separate certification, outside the scope of BRC.




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Posted 11 December 2018 - 02:23 PM

Hi SteveJB,
Marshall and MsMars are correct - the BRC Storage & Distribution standard is what you'd need, and this includes a "hazard and risk analysis" (HACCP) section.

You can obtain a free copy of the standard from the BRC Bookshop here: https://www.brcbooks...ue-3/c-24/p-277 (just select "free PDF" rather than "unlocked PDF" or "print copy" before adding it to your basket).

As a starting point it's worth reviewing this with your colleagues - the HACCP requirements are in section 2, and this does expect your team to be led by someone with knowledge of HACCP.


Organic is more focussed on maintaining the organic status and avoiding contamination. You can read the full regs (primarily 834/2007) but having done so I can confirm that this is (a) very time-consuming and (b) not especially exciting. It may well be the case that you (or a colleague ;) ) will need to familiarise yourself with these at some point, but for now it's possibly quicker to start with one of the certification bodies' standards.

There are a few organic certification bodies in the UK with the Soil Association probably the best known - they publish their standards on their website and you can download these from here: https://www.soilasso...anic-standards/

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