Friday, August 10, 2012

Easternpak Meets BRC Global Standard for Packaging & Packaging Materials - Issue 4 Requirements

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Easternpak achieves grade ‘A’ on BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials - Issue 4 audit.
Easternpak meets BRC - Issue 4 requirements covering quality and functional aspects of packaging. Easternpak scored the highest grade in its first transition audit from Issue 3 to Issue 4, evaluating the plant against revised standards.
The re-audit, conducted by Karl Hernmann Klêgel, TÜV NORD CERT Lead Auditor, took place at the corrugated packaging plant in Dammam, Saudi Arabia on 11 - 12 July 2012. The certification assures retailers and branded manufacturers that Easternpak implements best practice systems, as well as technical, legal, safety and quality standards.

Fouad Khalil, Easternpak General Manager, states,

“Successfully passing the BRC Global Standard transition audit from Issue 3 to Issue 4 with a grade ‘A’ illustrates Easternpak’s consistent belief in teamwork and commitment to sustaining excellence. Continuously raising the bar for excellence has become an integral part of Easternpak’s culture due to dynamic team leaders.”
BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials -Issue 4

(Information below has been directly taken from the BRC Global Standards Website)

Changes to the revised standard - issue 4 include:
  • Preparation and planning section, providing guidance and support for sites new to the certification process
  • New requirements for managing print control
  • Additional safeguards to reduce the risk of chemical migration from packaging into food products
  • Greater emphasis on managing the functional quality of packaging materials to meet customers specifications
  • Introduction of “Fundamental” clauses, relating to systems that are crucial to the establishment and operation of an effective packaging manufacturing operation
  • Introduction of a grading scheme based on number and severity of non-conformities
  • Audit frequencies and processes for corrective action review based on performance
  • Reduction to 2 product categories based on the hygiene risk associated with the final use of the packaging materials

Read more about Easternpak’s previous BRC audits:

About Easternpak

Founded in 1994, Easternpak manufactures retail ready packaging, shelf ready packaging, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, promotional cartons, and corrugated boxes for the agricultural, beverage, catering, dairy, hygiene disposables, industrial, petro/chemical, processed food, pharmaceutical, soap and detergent industries.

Easternpak serves Saudi Arabia, the MENA region and several European markets and is ISO-9001:2000, HACCP, GMP and BRC/IoP Global Standard certified.
Easternpak is a member of INDEVCO Paper Containers, a division of the multinational INDEVCO Group.


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