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Food Safety Culture Excellence

Benefits of the Assessment

Why choose Food Safety Culture Excellence?

The BRCGS Food Safety Culture Excellence assessment has a range of benefits to your organisation:


✓ Determines strength and weakness in their food safety capability


✓ Provides al insight into staff opinion, attitude and behaviour


✓ Identifies the most important targets for resource allocation


✓ Evaluates the return on investment of budget and effort


✓ Measures the impact of training, systems and other initiatives


✓ Provides visibility of what is happening outside of audits

Success Stories

  • The Natural Fruit and Beverage Company

    The Culture assessment sees targets improve and complaints reduce

Food Safety Culture Excellence Improves Consumer Confidence

Strong cultures also protect consumers – the Institute of Food Science and Technology found that there are 54% less food handling errors in businesses that have a strong culture.

We also see strong cultures improve business performance. Businesses with immature food safety cultures can see a drop of over 20% in sales compared to those that are more mature.

Get these same food safety benefits for your organisation. Register your interest today.

BRCGS Food Safety Culture Excellence Benefits Survey Of Sites Statistics

Support Compliance to Standards

Culture requirements are included in our Standards,position now adopted by GFSI. The lack of a culture plan is the main non-conformity found in sites and a growing number of companies are also taking a greater interest in cultural performance as they seek additional assurance from their suppliers. 


Maintain Regulatory Compliance

A recent revision to HACCP and the Codex Alimentarius states that food manufacturers must “Build a positive food safety culture by demonstrating their commitment to providing safe and suitable food and encouraging appropriate food safety practices;” This revision introduces the food safety culture concept as a general principle to increase awareness and improve the behavior of employees in establishments.

The European Commission recently announced its intention to include food safety culture as a general principle into  Regulation (EC) No 852/2004. Recognising the important role that culture plays in effective food safety management, the new requirements will align regulation with the evolving expectations of consumers and trade partners and drives businesses to commit to culture improvements. The revised regulation is expected to be adopted within the next few months. 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced Food safety Culture requirements to influence the beliefs, attitudes, and, most importantly, the behaviours of people and the actions of organizations. 

State regulators in Australia / NZ have also introduced food safety culture requirements in the Dairy sector.

Not sure how to remain compliant? Get support from our Help and Guidance page.

Help and Guidance


  • “We are proud to be an early adopter of the Culture Excellence Program, and after starting with a single site we have expanded the service across the UK. The benefits of the program are getting behavioural figures, not just audit results and customer complaints. Also, getting a benchmark to compare to other companies. We will be implementing changes and then measuring again”.

    Julian Prior, UK Group Microbiologist​


  • “What we (Site Leadership Team) quickly realised was that by tackling some specific areas, we would not only improve food safety culture, but we should see benefit across other specific elements of the business. I am really excited about the next stage of our journey and confident we should see a shift in our current scoring with the next survey.”

    Angie Sharpe, QRO Manager

    General Mills Berwick Ltd UK ​