Mount Laurel, New Jersey – RLS Logistics, a leading provider of cold chain solutions, announced today it received food safety certification through the British Retail Consortium Global Standard (BRCGS), garnering the highest AA rating at its Newfield, NJ; Vineland, NJ; and Salt Lake City, UT, cold storage facilities and for its distribution network.
BRCGS certification for storage and distribution is an internationally recognized accolade awarded to companies that meet BRC Standards of best practice for quality, hygiene, and product safety.
BRC is one of the most highly regarded certification programs identified by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). To attain certification, each facility operated by RLS Logistics receives a third-party audit of everything from quality management and risk analysis to building standards and vehicle operations. “As one of the most challenging certifications to earn, BRC aids client trust due to the reputation the program has,” said Jose Maldonado, Director of Quality and Safety at RLS Logistics. “It holds your company accountable for adhering to best practices, not just in the US but across the globe—and with the new audit protocol, it is a requirement to be ready at any moment because of unannounced audits.”
BRC awards certificate grades of AA (the best), A, B, C, or D depending on the number and type of nonconformities that the audit reveals. RLS Logistics earned the AA grade for its distribution network and its facilities in Newfield, NJ; Vineland, NJ; and Salt Lake, UT. Its Delanco, NJ; Pittston, PA; and Scranton, PA facilities are preparing for their audits this summer.
“Our commitment to food safety does not go unnoticed by customers. Protecting their brand is a top priority,” said Vice President of Business Development, John Gaudet. “Our philosophy is always to be a leader in quality and with BRC being a top sanctioned organization, we continue to be. BRC updates its standards regularly due to the everchanging climate, such as the pandemic – they allow virtual audits for facilities that limit outside visitors and now have mandatory impromptu audits. Their continuous updates oblige us to always adhere to the most current standards and remain a trusted 3PL in the industry.”
BRC released new standards with its Issue four for storage and distribution last fall. Included in the issue is having mandatory unannounced audits every three years to ensure each facility upholds the regulations at any given time. Additionally, quality culture is part of the evaluation, which assesses the facility’s team member accountability to suggest improvements to the food safety programs. This ensures BRC standards are always top of mind for the facilities and not only when the audit is upcoming.
“Upholding our certification is a team effort that we are very proud of. Everyone here at RLS is committed to food safety, from top leadership cascading throughout every position in every business unit,” Maldonado said.
ABOUT RLS LOGISTICS: Headquartered in Newfield, NJ, RLS Logistics is a family-owned, third-party logistics provider specializing in value-added cold chain solutions, including LTL and FTL transportation, cold storage warehousing, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Founded in 1968, the company has been owned and managed by the Leo family for over 50 years and has grown into a leading integrated cold chain 3PL. For more information, visit https://www.rlslogistics.com/.