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Letter from the Vice President

Q2 | 2018

Gary Smith Eurofins

With spring upon us, I hope this newsletter finds you all buzzing with activity in 2018 and making excellent progress toward your goals.  In this edition of our newsletter, we are pleased to share the first article contributed by a client: AFC, Inc.  Paul Smith will share his experience in implementing BRC Storage and Distribution for a new facility. We are honored to have a partner contributor. You will also better get to know Bambi Brokaw, a Project Specialist many of you have worked with already. Additionally, we will be sharing some exciting news regarding new partnerships and recognition. And of course, we will, as always, have a little fun along the way! 

As for Food Safety Systems, we are continuing to drive progress. Already in 2018, we have rolled out the Eurofins Dietary Supplements Audit, expanding our reach further into an important and sometimes overlooked industry in terms of safety. Our BRC Offerings have been expanded in North America, as Eurofins Food Safety Systems was recognized as an independent certification body by BRC Global Standards on January 11. Eurofins US Food Safety Systems division is now able to conduct audits for BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 and BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3. While we previously provided BRC certifications via our office in the U.K., we are now able to operate independently.  

In even further efforts to expand, Eurofins Food Safety Systems and Orion Assessment Services have partnered to expand auditing and certification services throughout North America and internationally.

As we have continued to report, but bears repeating, all the major food safety certification standards which Eurofins conducts are in a phase of revision due to the standard revisions across many standards. The SQF standard moved into Version 8 on January 2nd. The FSSC 22000 transition to version 4.1 is underway this spring.  FAMI QS has been revised and will be implemented after June 2018. Draft reviews of BRC version 8 have already begun to be circulated, with an expected final publish date in late 2018. We will continue to support you in these changes with ongoing education, so watch your emails for training courses and webinars. 

Thank you for reading and for your continued partnership!


Gary Smith