Susana Balbo Wines earned BRC Food Safety certification

Susana Balbo Wines successfully certified the eighth issue of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, one of the most prestigious in terms of food safety.

Mendoza, July 2020.- Through DNV-GL as certifier, Susana Balbo Wines earned the BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standard for Food Safety certification. The certified issue is the eighth, the standard most recent issue, which puts special emphasis on senior management commitment, a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) program based on food safety and a support quality management system.

The certificate is valid for the following scope: “Production of red, white and rosé still wines since grapes reception to packaging in glass bottles and dispatch.”

In 2009, the winery of the first female winemaker in Argentinean certified the ISO 22000 standards, the internationally recognized food safety standard that evaluates all the manufacturing stages required by the certification. In 2015, they decided to migrate to the FSSC 22000 standards, which complement the previous standard and puts additional focus on biosecurity, terrorism and food allergens.

In early 2020, Susana Balbo Wines decided to migrate again, this time to BRC, which has the same scope as the FSSC 22000. The decision was based on the fact that the BRC standard is one of the two standards recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) to guarantee a product’s safety and that its Management and update dynamics allow for more opportunities for improvement.

Carina Daguerre, Head of the Quality department, said, “Commitment to quality and continuous improvement are fundamental pillars in our team. This new certification allows us to stay constantly updated and in line with the latest global standards.”

This new certification follows the one Susana Balbo Wines obtained for complying with Bodegas de Argentina’s sustainability protocol, which proves and reinforces this team’s deeply rooted commitment to quality and sustainability.

What is BRC?

The BRC Global Standards is one of the most important quality and safety certification programs; more than 20,000 certified providers from 90 countries use it and its certification is issued through a worldwide network of accredited Certification Bodies.

This certification guarantees the standardization of operational, safety and quality criteria and ensures that producers comply with their legal obligations and protect the final consumer. Today, BRC Global Standards is one of the main requirements of leading retailers.