Measures were announced today [Thursday] to further enhance the UK food industry’s arrangements for assuring the quality and safety of materials used for packaging of branded food products.

The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) will today present accreditation certificates to eleven organisations that play a key role in ensuring that manufacturers and suppliers meet the stringent requirements demanded by retailers for food packaging materials, set out in a standard published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Institute of Packaging (IOP).

BRC Director-General Bill Moyes said of the food packaging scheme: “The standard allows retailers and manufacturers to purchase with confidence from certificated suppliers, knowing that safety systems and procedures are in place that enhance due diligence.”

The eleven organisations that will receive their certificates today are: CMi Certification, EFSIS Certification, Knight International Inspectorate, Law Laboratories Ltd, Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, National Britannia Certification Ltd, QA International Certification Ltd, Reading Scientific Services Ltd, the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, SGS Yarsley International Certification Services and Product Authentication Inspectorate.