The START! programme sets out the requirements for the manufacture of processed foods and the preparation of primary products supplied as retailer-branded products, branded food products, and food or ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies and food manufacturers.
The audit and certification will apply only to products that have been manufactured or prepared at the site where the audit has taken place, and will include storage facilities that are under the direct control of the production site management.
The programme does not apply to food products that do not undergo any process at the audited site, or to activities relating to wholesale, importation, distribution or storage outside the direct control of the company.
Adoption of the programme leads to a number of benefits to food businesses.
The programme is addressed to small Companies that are not yet ready to face up to a BRCGS Food Standard but want to approach the GFSI Standard step by step.
The START! programme is aligned with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Global Markets programme. The START! programme will enable audits and certification against two levels of requirements:
The basic and intermediate level requirements of the START! programme provide recognised stepping stones towards eventual certification to the full Standard (if required). They also provide assurance to customers about the food safety systems operating at those supply sites that have gained certification at either of these two levels.
We have a team of very experienced auditors in Food Sector around the world.