Join a food safety programme supported by big retailers
The START! programme gives small food producers the opportunity to demonstrate recognised stepping stones towards eventual certification to the full Food Safety Global Standard. For this reason, it has the full support of leading retailers as it provides them assurance about the food safety systems your operation has established. The end result? Smaller producers like you can get their products on shelves of big retailers.
Independent research, carried out by the University of Birkbeck, demonstrates that organisations operating to BRCGS standards improve food safety, operational efficiency, commercial growth, improved profitability and broad-based innovation.
✓ There are two levels of certification to suit your size, maturity and need
✓ It is fully aligned with Food Safety Issue 8 and provides a clear roadmap to full certification
✓ Fully aligned with the GFSI Global Markets programme (the full Standard is GFSI-benchmarked)
✓ It requires completion of corrective actions on any non-conformities before certification, reducing the need for customers to follow up audit reports
✓ Public listing on BRCGS Directory, the tool that brands and retailers use for supplier selection