BRC Global Standards publishes first edition of Global Guidance on Migration from Packaging Materials into Food

London, 2017-Aug-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC Global Standards has today (August 21, 2017) published the first edition of a Global Guidance on Migration from Packaging Materials into Food. This guidance was developed with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Campden BRI. It aims to provide organisations involved in the delivery of food to consumers with a common understanding, terminology and point of reference for good practice with regard to the potential migration of substances from packaging materials into food.

The guidance is comprehensive in its approach, outlining what migration is, how it occurs and how it can be minimised through new product or existing product development. It proffers a best-practice approach to reducing the risk of migration of substances into food products of all types. The guidance also includes an outline of the European Union (EU) and US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) legislative requirements relating to migration.

It will be of value to organisations in the supply chain including retailers, brand owners, agents or brokers, food processors, packaging manufacturers, and companies providing storage and distribution services.

Joanna Griffiths, Packaging Technical Manager at BRC Global Standards said: “The launch of the publication is itself a great example of partners from across the supply chain working constructively with one another. By identifying best practice in each industry together we can ensure the production of safe high-quality packaged food.”

Kerina Cheesman, Head of Food Integrity and Policy at the Food and Drink Federation said: “FDF is pleased to have worked with BRC Global Standards and Campden BRI to produce this valuable resource which will assist companies in managing compliance with food contact materials legislation. The Guidance explains the factors affecting migration and sets out a practical approach to designing in compliance through the supply chain.”

The guidance will be made available to Campden BRI, and FDF members, and is available for purchase from the BRC Bookshop –

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About Campden BRI

Campden BRI ( provides technical, legislative and scientific support and research to the food and drinks industry worldwide – with a comprehensive “farm to fork” range of services covering agri-food production, analysis and testing, processing and manufacturing, safety, training and technical information services. Members and clients benefit from industry-leading facilities for analysis, product and process development, and sensory and consumer studies, which include a specialist brewing and wine division.

About BRC Global Standards

BRC Global Standards is a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, used by over 26,000 suppliers in over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies. BRC Global Standards’ guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The BRC Global Standards certification scheme offers comprehensive support to help new and established businesses to achieve and maintain their quality and safety aims.

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About the Food and Drink Federation

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent visit:

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BRC, FDF, SSA launches new guidance for food companies on use of culinary dried herbs and spices

LONDON, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new resource launched today will provide food companies that use culinary dried herbs and spices with industry best practice guidance on assessing and protecting the authenticity of these products.

Food companies will be able to use the practical guidance to ensure that they have the appropriate measures in place to play their role in assuring the integrity of these products. The guide was developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) in liaison with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

Kerina Cheesman, Policy and Food Integrity Manager at FDF, said:
“Culinary dried herbs and spices are widely used ingredients. This guide, developed in partnership with regulators, draws on industry expertise to provide food businesses across the supply chain with practical guidance so that they can confidently play their part in assuring the integrity of these ingredients.”

Elizabeth Andoh-Kesson, Food Policy Advisor at the British Retail Consortium, said:
“This is a really important, practical guide for all food businesses to improve the way they manage a potentially vulnerable supply chain. It was great to collaborate with experts from manufacturers and suppliers to make a positive contribution to securing the supply chain and reinforcing consumer confidence.”

Steve Clemenson, Chair Joint Industry Working Group, said
“The Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) is very pleased with the publication of Industry Best Practice Guidance to Assessing and Protecting the Authenticity of Culinary Dried Herbs.

The development of this document was decided following the Global Chain Analysis Workshop organised by the FSA (February 2015), in collaboration with FDF and BRC. It provides in-depth expertise and advice from SSA Members to assist companies using herbs and spices in understanding their role in assuring the integrity of their products”

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British Retail Consortium
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Food and Drink Federation
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Notes for editors:
1. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the UK’s largest retail trade association. It represents the full range of retailers, large and small, multiples and independents, food and non-food online and store based.
2. The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) is the voice of the food and drink manufacturing industry – the UK’s largest manufacturing sector. For more information about FDF and the industry we represent, visit:
3. The Seasoning and Spice Association (SSA) is the leading voice of the UK seasoning and spice industry and represents the interests of its members in all aspects of the import, processing and distribution of seasonings, herbs, spices and related products.