Τhe British Retail Consortium (BRC) has developed and introduced the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety for companies supplying retailer branded food products. The standard was developed to assist retailers in their fulfilment of legal obligations and protection of the consumer. It provides a common basis for the audit of companies supplying retailer branded food products.
The benefit of the BRC Global Standard is the reduction of the number of food safety audits which allows technologists to concentrate on other areas, such as product development, or specific quality issues. Although the BRC food safety standard began in the UK, it is now recognized as a global standard.
Similarly, BRC's Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Material is addressed to companies that manufacture food packaging or materials, to be used in the manufacturing of food packaging, while BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is addressed to companies dealing with the storage and distribution of goods.