For all the proceedings related to your goods, we want to meet the most stringent requirements. Therefore, we attach great importance to the certificates of AEO, SKAL, HACCP and BRC. But what do all these terms mean? We have listed them here for you.
AEO stands for Authorized Economic Operator and is a certificate issued by Customs to companies that operate internationally. A company with an AEO certificate has a number of advantages in international trade, such as:
- Fewer physical and document audits
- Priority audits
- The holder of a certificate may ask for an audit at a particular location to take place
Organic products are growing in popularity. Not too long ago the EKO Quality Mark was launched to guarantee the authenticity of these products to the consumer. There also a European version of this, since 2010. The EKO Quality Mark covers all rules that apply at European level, but it also has additional conditions. Therefore, there are many products carrying two labels, both the European (with green leaves) and EKO Quality Mark.
SKAL is the owner of the EKO-Quality Mark and maintains independent monitoring of organic production in the Netherlands. The organisation carries out random spot inspections and awards organic certification.
HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. HACCP certification is a guarantee for the quality of food in the supply chain. Through our HACCP certification and compliance, we demonstrate our commitment to your products and food safety in general.
HACCP certification is an international standard that defines the requirements for effective control of food safety. The standard is built around seven principles:
- The conducting of hazard analysis of biological, chemical or physical food safety hazards;
- The identification of critical control points (CCPs);
- Determination of critical control limits, for example minimum storage temperature;
- Establish a system to monitor control of the CCP;
- Establish corrective measures;
- Establish procedures for verifying the HACCP system is working as intended
- Establish documentation and reporting.
Within the logistics process is an important factor of ensuring the temperature, of particularly, refrigerated and frozen products. For a HACCP certification we run our business on potential threats to food safety. For the identified risks, we define all the procedures regarding the measuring, monitoring and controlling processes to manage the risks.
The organization is periodically reviewed with internal and external audits in order to assess the functioning of the food safety system. The focus is mainly on the business processes, CCP and above all the prepared manuals.
Advantages of HACCP certification
With HACCP certification we demonstrate our commitment to food safety in general and your products in particular. HACCP is a standard for ensuring the production process.
Where HACCP standards focus particularly on the production, BRC is more focused on the environment of the production. These are for example the factory halls and spaces where goods are stored or repackaged. All these areas must meet the requirements of the BRC standard.
The BRC standard sets requirements not only for quality management and environmental conditions, but also the maintenance of safe process controls, staff training and personal hygiene. This goes a bit further than the HACCP certification.
The various elements of the BRC standard are reviewed annually based on a comprehensive checklist of more than 300 control points. Within a BRC certification there are different degrees. DL Logistics Group is certified to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (version 6) level A. This is the highest level within the BRC label.
Benefits BRC Certification
BRC certification provides cost-savings through prevention. Moreover, product recall actions are kept to a minimum. This is obviously of paramount importance to our customers.