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New BRC storage and distribution

The British Retail Consortium's newest Global Standard will be published on Monday. (21 August.) The Storage and Distribution Standard will help the tracing of products through the supply and distribution chain. It will enable retailers, manufacturers, enforcement agencies, brand owners and distribution companies, working with all types of products, to demonstrate their competence.

The BRC's Global Standards series is internationally recognised as the market leader in areas including Food Manufacturing, Consumer Products and Packaging. It allows suppliers to show retailers that they are maintaining high standards of product safety and enables retailers to have confidence in their suppliers.

The Storage and Distribution Standard is the first to be arranged into separate modules with requirements that are tailored to particular types of businesses.

It applies to all modes of transport and sets standards for activities such as:

· Product Inspection and sorting

. Contract Packing

· Quantity Control Inspection

· Contract chilling and freezing

Kevin Swoffer, BRC Head of Technical Services, said: “Storage and distribution is the link between manufacturers and retailers but it can often be overlooked. For the first time retailers and suppliers around the world will have a universally accepted Standard which will make a significant contribution to ensuring product safety and integrity.”

150 copies of the new standard have already been ordered for dispatch on publication day.

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