SAI Global conducted the BRC (British Retail Consortium) audit at Astrapak Limited’s Thermopac plant in Cape Town last month.
Thermopac was granted Grade-A certification and was found to have met the requirements of Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials; and met the requirements for the High Hygiene Risk: 04 - Plastics category for the extrusion and thermoforming of APET, CPET, PP, HIPS and HDPE plastic packaging.
In 1998 the BRC, responding to industry needs, consolidated the standards for the food and food packaging industries, and stringent quality criteria are in place in order to qualify for certification. The standard is designed to be used as a pillar to help retailers and brand owners with their “due diligence” defence.
Thermopac has been successfully audited for the past seven years, which keeps Astrapak active in the food markets that they’re serving. Internal operational improvements in hygiene and safety to maintain a high standard in food packaging manufacturing has meant that year-on-year, Thermopac has had fewer non-conformance issues when under audit. This shows commitment to the high standard and continued improvement in operation excellence from the team.
Thermopac Plant Manager, Theo Knoesen, commended his dedicated team for their hard work in observing hygiene and food safety as a top priority throughout the year.
The BRC certificate of conformity provides Astrapak with the all-important stamp of approval to continue supplying exceptional food packaging to the major food retailers in local and export food markets.