Mariani Nut Co., Winters, Calif., received the British Retail Consortium (BRC) certificate through completion of a food safety audit.
The British Retail Consortium program is a significant step in food safety and technical protocol for food suppliers, according to a Mariani news release.
The company was comprehensively evaluated from receiving and processing to packaging in seven categories:
- Senior management commitment and continual improvement
- A food safety plan
- Food safety and quality management
- Site standards
- Product control
- Process control
After completing the audit, the nut grower-shipper plans to maintain the annual certification.
“An important part of this food safety program is that company resources and personnel will work year-round to maintain these standards and renew this certification annually,” said director of operations, Gus Mariani, in a news release.