BRC & IFS Standard

The BRC "Global Standard for Food Safety" standard sets out the relevant safety and quality requirements, as well as the operating criteria that food companies must meet so as to fully satisfy the obligations set out by current regulations and consumer protection requirements.

The "British Retail Consortium" (BRC) developed a Technical Standard in 1998 to help retailers fulfill their legal obligations and to protect consumers by providing a common basis for the verification of all companies that supply retailers with branded products.

The international scope of this standard is approved by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), an initiative which brings together forty countries in Europe, North America and Australia, and the main purpose of which is to enhance and promote food safety throughout the supply chain.

The standard, which is integrated with the latest updates to food legislation (such as allergens and traceability), requires:

  • The adoption of a HACCP plan (hazard analysis and critical control points);
  • An effective and documented Quality Management System;
  • Control of the production environment, product, processes and personnel.

G. Callipo Conserve Alimentari SpA was awarded the BRC by DET NOSKE VERITAS, an internationally recognized independent certification authority, on the strength of its high level of compliance compared with the relevant regulatory requirements.

The IFS (International Food Standards) set out the safety and quality requirements and operational criteria that food companies must meet in order to fully satisfy the obligations set out by current regulations and consumer protection standards.

It was issued by the National Federation of German Trade Associations (BDH) in order to allow local supermarket chains to check suppliers of branded food products. The French association FDC (Fédération du Commerce et de la Distribution) also adhered to this standard. The majority of German and French retailers have therefore established registration with the IFS as an indispensable condition for inclusion among their suppliers. However, retailers of Poland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Britain and Italy are also expressing an interest in the IFS.

The standard identifies the specific elements of a management system focused on product quality and safety, in terms of hygiene and health, which uses the HACCP system as a reference for the purposes of planning and implementation.

The main elements are:

  • Adoption of good practices;
  • Adoption of an HACCP system;
  • Adoption of a documented quality management system;
  • Standard controls for the workplace, product, process and staff;
  • The existence of appropriate specifications for:
    - raw materials (including packaging materials)
    - finished product
    - intermediary/semi-processed products (where required)
    - monitoring of suppliers
    - positioning of the site
    - the accumulation, collection and disposal of waste materials
    - hygiene and organization standards for staff
    - process control

Giacinto Callipo Conserve Alimentari SPA was granted the IFS - HIGHER LEVEL certification by DET NOSKE VERITAS, an internationally recognized independent certification authority, thanks to its high level of compliance compared with the relevant regulatory requirements.