Leo and I had a great trip to China to catch up with our audit team there last week. We witnessed Jell doing an BRC Food audit then had a lengthy meeting, which was our best and most productive meeting ever. Thanks to Leo we can now speak the local language. We also met some new members of their team, Bella Lin and Jing Jingwang.
We even managed to see some of the World Cup!
Great to see so many of our UK auditors and support staff present for our June meeting. This time we held it off site in the local hostelry and this shot was after the meeting so maybe we are looking a little tired (but not emotional) after the heavy discussions on BRC Issue 8, the new BRC Directory, BRC audit fees, recent issues and witnessed audits.
Thanks to everyone who came and we will arrange a date for next year’s Summer Meeting very soon.
We will be announcing some course dates for Technical Managers in Issue 8 soon, keep an eye on the Training tab at the top of the page, we already have a date for Dublin.
It is a major event when anyone who has been with a Company for over 20 years retires. In the case of David Prior it is the first time we have had this experience. Not only that but David has been such an important person for us. In his early days he ploughed through hundreds of audits and helped us achieve accreditation for doing BRC work. Later he became our Technical Manager and maintained that accreditation, dealing with both UKAS and BRC Global Standards with all the tenacity and diplomacy that was his trademark.
David will be sorely missed as an important member of our team but more so as a person. Of course we all wish him all the very best in his retirement. You see him here receiving some gifts on his last day at the Market Drayton office (actually taken in the Red Lion).
Looking to the future we have appointed Leo Huang as Compliance Manager, more about Leo soon.
The Chinese company YANTAI EVERSUN who supply dried apple products have sent at least one company in the UK a fake BRC certificate which appears to show that they are currently certificated for the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.
This is a FAKE. We last audited this company in 2016 but they were not audited by us in 2017 and our certificate expired. Thus they do not appear on the BRC Directory.
A reminder to all companies: when they are offered a BRC Certificate by a supplier they must always be checked on the BRC Directory.