Pack 11: Product Defence eDocs

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The subject of food defence or product defence (VACCP or TACCP) is relatively new to the food industry. And it’s one that we know exceptionally well at Techni-K, as our very own specialist Kassy Marsh has co-authored a book on it – Assessing Threat Vulnerabilities for Food Defence.   

When vulnerability assessment for food fraud was first introduced to the BRCGS Standard, Techni-K published the first documentation pack to meet this requirement. The pack has helped hundreds of sites to update their systems and meet the needs of the Standard.  

This new and updated pack includes the next generation of that original pack, plus everything that’s needed to complete a threat assessment for product defence as well.  You’re even provided with a completed threat assessment, that you can use as inspiration, amend, update and implement – really speeding up the whole process.  

This pack comes with loads of examples, so you’ll not be stuck with a blank piece of paper, wondering where to start. And the procedure combined with our awesome instruction manual means you’ll know exactly what you’re doing 

This pack has been written to meet the following sections of the Standards:

Food Safety
Issue 8
Issue 6
Agents & Brokers
Issue 3
Storage & Distribution
Issue 4
4.2 Site security and food defence

5.4 Product authenticity, claims and chain of custody

3.8 Product authenticity, claims and chain of custody

4.4 Site security and product defence



4.3 Product security/food defence

4.8 Product authenticity

3.5.3 Product fraud risk management

4.2 Site security and product defence

5.2.1, 5.2.2, 5.2.3 Vehicle security

10.3.3 Product fraud risk management (wholesale module)

Written by the experts…

TACCP & VACCP Demystified


These are relatively new terms and cause a lot of confusion:

TACCP is ‘Threat Assessment & Critical Control Point’
VACCP is ‘Vulnerability Assessment & Critical Control Point’ 

Although these words sound similar to HACCP and include CCPs in their meaning, the only thing that actually links them to HACCP is risk assessment. At Techni-K we don’t use the terms; TACCP and VACCP, as the CCP stands for critical control point and there is no such thing in either system. However, they seem to have stuck and get used a lot, so you just need to understand the terms, what they mean and the difference between them. 

Vulnerability (VACCP) is used when assessing fraud. This only applies to materials and/or product before they arrive with you at intake. This requires a vulnerability assessment to produce a fraud mitigation plan.  

Threat (TACCP) is used when assessing malicious contamination.  This applies to the materials and/or product while it’s under your control. This means while it’s your responsibility, which is typically from the point of intake, throughout the process, to delivery to your customer. This requires a threat assessment to produce a security plan. 

The table below explains what VACCP and TACCP are used for and how they differ.

TermType of risk assessmentPurposeApplies toResults in
VACCPVulnerability assessmentProduct fraudMaterials and/or product prior to intakeFraud mitigation plan
TACCPThreat assessmentProduct securityMaterials and/or product security after intake while it’s in your controlSecurity plan


Product fraud (VACCP)

Fraud is an intentional act for financial gain, usually involving the substitution or adulteration of a product with a substandard, cheaper material. It was first introduced into the BRCGS Standard in Issue 7, following the food fraud issue from the horsemeat scandal. 

Today, we need to mitigate the risk of fraud, by carrying out a vulnerability assessment to identify vulnerable points in the supply-chain, prior to the arrival of the material at intake. This results in a fraud mitigation plan, to reduce the risk of adulterated materials being received. This pack is full of vulnerability assessment examples, to inspire you and help you to develop your own.

If you’d like to learn how to develop your own vulnerability assessment step-by-step using your on-pack claims, we have an amazing Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment – training course.

Product security (TACCP)

The purpose of the product defence sections of the Standards, is to protect the product from malicious contamination and theft – using security measures.

GFSI define product defence as “Procedures adopted to ensure the safety of raw materials and products from malicious contamination or theft.”

We believe product defence is a collective term used to describe product security and product fraud, which are explained in more detail by our expert Kassy Marsh in the book Assessing Threat Vulnerabilties for Food Defence.

1 review for Pack 11: Product Defence eDocs

  1. amjad Sheikh

    Assessing threat for food defense, will it be included in BRC audit if yes than will there be a form or just a procedures

    • Kassy Marsh

      Hi Amjad,
      Yes it’s part of the requirements for BRCGS certification. The pack includes a procedure and all the related forms.
      Team Techni-K

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