UK – British Retail Consortium Global Standard (BRCGS) has awarded Stockport’s EHL Ingredients an AA+ Grade in global standards for food safety, a guarantee that the food ingredients provided by the company meet the food safety and hygiene standards.
The leading supplier of herbs, spices, and blends to the UK food industry was assessed following an unannounced, in-depth audit and inspection of the supply of bulk products, blending, packing, and repacking of herbs, spices, dehydrated vegetables, lentils, pulses, rice, vinegar, and dried fruits and nuts.
Businesses that adhere to high safety standards across their operations are certified under the BRCGS, which gives a framework for managing products’ safety, integrity, legality, and quality.
“We work hard to ensure every area of our business adheres to food safety standards and this accreditation shows that our efforts are paying off and our attention to detail is of the highest grade,” said Tasneem Alonzo, joint MD of EHL Ingredients on the Broadstone Industrial Estate.
The BRCGS provides a framework to manage products’ safety, integrity, legality, quality, and certification is awarded to businesses that have strict safety standards throughout their operation.
“We understand the importance of food safety and this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest standards of services to our customers.
“Our whole team takes food safety, and the BRCGS, seriously so to have achieved this grade gives our customers peace of mind that their goods are carefully monitored, inspected, and meet the highest standards of safety – offering an extra layer of protection to our customers and their finished products,” he added.
EHL Ingredients supplies a range of herbs, spices, seasonings, blends, and dried ingredients from around the world under its Lähde brand – all are suitable for meat, fish, and vegetable dishes as well as for seitan, tempeh, jackfruit, and contemporary meat-free alternatives.
“We’re thrilled to have achieved this AA+ Grade and it’s a testament to the hard work and rigorous safety procedures we have in place and that our team implements in all areas of the business. We’re hoping this will open up new areas of the food industry to us so we’re keen to talk to new customers about working together,” Alonzo said.
The BRCGS audit grade scale runs from AA, which is the highest, to Uncertified, in the following order: AA, A, B, C, D, Uncertified.
An unannounced audit will be indicated by adding a “+” to the grade, for instance, AA+.
Companies that opt to take part in the unannounced BRCGS assessment are electing to be challenged at a higher level and demonstrating confidence in their ongoing food safety culture and practices.