Cranswick's near clean sweep under BRC audits

A FOOD manufacturer is celebrating after eight out of its nine plants claimed 'A' grade status under the BRC Global Food Standard following EFSIS inspections.

Cranswick Country Food was awarded the accolade for sites at Cranswick Gourmet Sausage/Lazenby's in Sutton Fields near Hull; The Sandwich Factory, Atherstone; Cranswick Gourmet Bacon, Waterfoot; Cranswick Country Foods, Preston; and four manufacturing sites making up Cranswick Convenience Foods in Barnsley, Sutton Fields, Deeside and Elland.

The BRC Global Food Standard is the industry benchmark for food safety, legality and quality and in 2005 was extensively revised to re?ect EU legislation and increased best practice requirements from UK retailers. Organisations are graded on a scale of A-D. The audits took place over a period of two days per site, and encompassed all activities, from raw material purchase, production, staff training, and product development. Critical topics such as food safety management, product traceability, factory environment and product and process control are covered by the standard.

Andrew Caines, group technical director at Cranswick Country Foods, said: "This is a great achievement for the team at Cranswick. Our aim is to achieve the highest standards in product food safety, traceability, legality and quality and achieving A grade status at so many of our manufacturing sites is testament to the hard work and commitment of the Cranswick team at all levels of our business and at all sites within the group."

The auditing procedure establishes a standard for the supply of food products and acts as a key piece of compliance evidence for UK retailers and brand owners in approving their suppliers. Changes in legislation, introduced in 2005, require more rigorous traceability throughout the supply chain to ensure that food components remain uncontaminated and traceable to source during their manufacture.

Emma West, EFSIS certi? cation manager, said: "It is a great achievement...and is a re?ection on the Cranswick group's high level of commitment to standards. Management teams are forward thinking and pro-active. HACCP, traceability and quality management systems are comprehensive and well implemented."