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BRC Certified

British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a scheme of the Global Food Safety Initiative. The Global Standard for Food Safety provides a measure by which food manufacturers and suppliers can demonstrate to customers a level of competence in food safety and quality systems. The Standard is designed to provide certification for food manufacturers who implement good manufacturing practices and have the supporting quality management systems to produce safe, legal product meeting their customer’s quality requirements. J.J. McDonnell was audited against very strict standards, according to BRC, and passed with flying colors. This was no small achievement, and we are one of only a few wholesale seafood vendors in the US to be BRC Certified. Our retail customers, and all of our customers, value our dedication toward excellence in Food Safety.

The Standard is divided into 7 chapters, all of which are strictly audited: 

  1. 1. Senior Management Commitment and Continual Improvement – For any food safety system to be effective it is essential that the factory senior management are fully committed to its application and continued development. 

  2. 2. The Food Safety Plan (HACCP) – The basis for the Food Safety System is an effective HACCP program based on the requirements of the internationally recognized Codex Alimentarius system 

  3. 3. Food Safety and Quality Management System - This sets out requirements for the management of food safety and quality, building upon the principles of ISO 9000. This includes requirements for product specifications, supplier approval, traceability, and the management of incidents and product recalls. 

  4. 4. Site Standards – These define expectations for the processing environment including the layout and maintenance of the buildings and equipment, cleaning, pest control and waste management. This includes a specific section on managing foreign body controls. 

  5. 5. Product Control – This includes requirements at the product design and development stage, Allergen management and the expectations of Laboratories and product testing. 

  6. 6. Process Control – This covers the establishment and maintenance of safe process controls, weight/volume control and equipment calibration. 

  7. 7. Personnel – This defines requirements for the training of staff and expectations on protective clothing and personnel hygiene.


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