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BRC Global Standards V.8: New Changes for Improving Compliance

By Lauren Solar

The release of a new BRC Global Standards version is always news in the food safety industry and John Kukoly, Americas Director for BRC Global Standards, says his organization’s new Version 8 brings a substantial change in focus to the work of food companies aiming to maintain compliance.

“The shift we are looking for in Version 8 is that instead of making the plant look spectacular once a year for the annual audit, we want companies to maintain the plant in good, not stunning, condition the whole year round. This will help to ensure the safety of their staff, their brand and their customers.”

At the moment, 10% of audits are unannounced. While Version 8 has not made unannounced audits mandatory, they are becoming more common and Kukoly says this is one way to encourage ongoing vigilance.

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