Achieving the BRC Issue 5 Rating of AA for 2017

by Commodore Plastics Team

Commodore building entrance in Honeoye, NY

Food safety compliance is a top priority for today's meat processors. Holding suppliers to these standards can be a far reaching task, but it is critical to the success of the processor. Here's a look at what Commodore is doing to help make our customer's packaging programs more compliant.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Issue 5 Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials scheme encompasses the hygienic production of packaging materials as well as the management quality and functional properties of the packaging. The BRC Issue 5 audit scheme is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). GFSI is a certification program adopted by many leading processors as a critical element of compliance to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

As an increasing number of processors are working to stay ahead of FSMA, all aspects of food contact - especially packaging - should be sourced through a GFSI compliant manufacturer. A third party audit from a GFSI recognized organization ensures the dedication of your suppliers to continual product safety improvement and ultimately food safety.

There is a significant investment required to implement a GFSI recognized product safety program. However, we believe our commitment at Commodore is beyond the scope of most other food packaging manufacturers, and well worth the effort. We have implemented a complete laundered uniform program, upgraded our existing facilities, built new modern facilities, and have included a program for the ongoing safety education of our workforce. These investments help to ensure that we continue as industry leaders in meeting our customers' demands regarding product integrity and safety for the consumer.

Commodore is proud of the work our team puts forth to ensure we reach the highest level of product safety - allowing us to offer the highest quality and most compliant packaging available today. We are proud to announce that our facilities have been accredited with an AA grade in the high hygiene category, the highest possible announced audit level achievable by the BRC.