Published: 7 January 2015
Author: The British Retail Consortium
Publisher: The British Retail Consortium
The terms ‘high risk’ and ‘high care’ have been used in the BRC Global Standards for many years to define areas where chilled or frozen foods, which are particularly vulnerable to microbiological contamination, are handled.
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 has further developed the definitions of high risk and high care for chilled and frozen products. In addition, in recent years several well-publicised food poisoning incidents have been associated with a range of ambient products that had not previously been considered a concern, such as chocolate and peanut butter. To reflect the lessons learned about food safety following these outbreaks, Issue 7 of the Food Standard also introduces ‘ambient high care’ areas.
This guideline is intended to help sites to understand whether the products they produce will require handling in a high-risk, high-care or ambient high-care environment, and how the specific clauses for these areas should be interpreted.