Surlean Foods receives a AA score from their latest BRC Audit
In mid-August 2020, Karrie Menz, V.P. of Quality for Surlean Foods, was with her team as they completed their annual BRC audit. The auditor ended the session by letting her know the company scored an AA, the highest score possible. After informing the leadership and managers, they celebrated with a good old Texas bar-b-que for the entire facility.
Menz said, “Our team, from the president to each shift team member, gives credit to the entire team for the score, and each person takes tremendous pride in the score. We know this score shows we care about the end consumer and their experience with our food. Our team doesn’t engage in the audit because they have to, but because they want to, you could see the smiles on their faces”.
This is the second time Surlean Foods has received the AA score from the BRC audit. They scored AA in 2019 as well. BRC introduced the AA score in 2018 as an update to its scoring system.
To achieve the AA score, it took over two days and 20 hours of work. This type of audit is not just a Food Safety audit but a Quality Management audit as well. Every aspect of the organization is tested. From HR, training, maintenance, production, communications, and more, all departments have to be committed to excellence to achieve the AA designation.
“The toughest part of the audit is the documentation,” said Menz. “With our system of systems, reporting has become easier.”
The BRC audit is required yearly to satisfy the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).