Family owned Grimsby seafood firm, JCS Fish, has become one of the first businesses in the Humber region to achieve accreditation to the new Issue 8 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
Auditing to the new standard started 1 February 2019 and JCS Fish undertook its annual BRC audit in the same month, receiving its AA Grade certificate last week. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is the most widely used of the commercial standards for assuring production of safe food, and a universal benchmark set by the UK’s major retailers to identify suitable suppliers.
JCS Fish has been accredited to the BRC standard since 2008 and first achieved AA status in 2017. Quality manager, Ann Rogers, oversees the process. She says, “The new BRC regime proved tougher than any of those we’ve done before, with nine sections rather than the previous seven and an even stronger emphasis on achieving the right food culture in a business. I am so proud of the whole team, whilst QA is responsible for documents and training, we couldn’t achieve these standards without the co-operation and enthusiasm of everyone at JCS Fish.”
JCS Fish specialises in the processing and supply of salmon products and continues to grow both its foodservice business and its BigFish Brand. It recently achieved an important new listing for its BigFish Salmon Fillets and Smoked Salmon products in As Nature Intended, a fast-growing London-based natural foods retailer with six outlets.
Director, Louise Coulbeck says, “It has been a great first quarter for our business, we’re a close-knit team and it is a pleasure when we continue to achieve important accreditations such as our BRC AA status, which is a stiff test even for much larger organisations than our own.”