A Second Consecutive “A” Rating from the BRC

February 3rd 2014 Comments

First achieved in 2012, Silva International has maintained an “A” rating from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards in 2013, continuing in our commitment to the highest standards and highest quality products. As noted on their website, “BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification program, used by over 20,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries, with certification issued through a worldwide network of accredited Certification Bodies.” The BRC Version 6 audit is benchmarked and approved according to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a “business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.” Det Norsk Veritas (DNV, an accreditation body for BRC) completed Silva’s annual BRC audit on November 1, 2013.

Within the BRC standard, there are approximately 350 requirements involving food safety and food quality systems and written plans; physical manufacturing site standards regarding hygiene, construction, and condition; and product, process, and personnel controls. Each requirement is reviewed in detail with an auditor not only answering the question, but also providing documented or physical evidence to support every claim made. 

Document review on each program the company runs is done from the date of the last audit forward, a traceability challenge is conducted and reviewed during the audit, and a thorough facility inspection and program audit is performed on each manufacturing site to ensure that the BRC standards documented are adhered to. Multiple personnel involved in the process are interviewed—from purchasing product and packaging, to the line operators handling and processing product, to the warehouse and shipping staff who receive product from our vendors and send materials to our customers. In some instances these interviews are even conducted with a translator to ensure that everyone involved in the making of this product from receipt until shipment understands their role in the process, and the importance of each task involved.

In order to obtain an “A” rating, a facility must score less than 10 minor non-conformities as identified in the standard, with no major or critical non-conformances. The audit itself also requires corrective action of any identified non-conformity with 28 calendar days of the audit. Citations against the standard must be addressed quickly to achieve an “A” rating. 

Efforts from over 130 different people and countless hours are devoted to running the Food Safety and Quality Management System at Silva International necessary to create the high quality products we produce and sell to our customers. Third party accreditation under the BRC standard provides validation that Silva is the leading manufacturer in industry for all of your dehydrated vegetable, herb, and fruit needs.