Food Safety and Quality
Food Safety & Quality Is Non-Negotiable
We know the food that you feed your family has to be safe and high-quality. Our rigorous safety management allows our customers to enjoy our products with confidence. From farm, to facility, to fork, we are dedicated to the systems and exacting procedures that meet or exceed our goal of delivering safe, high-quality protein products. We are a global leader in food safety policies, procedures and performance.
Food Safety & Quality Highlights and Achievements
Our Goals And Targets
Ensuring Food Safety & Quality
We continued to strengthen our organization in 2020, unifying across our facilities to amplify strategic alignment, efficiencies and communications. We developed and implemented an FSQA scorecard for our fresh and packaged meat operations to track and deliver monthly reports on facility-level compliance and improvements on key quality metrics, such as customer complaints, recalls and shelf life. Line speeds did not increase in 2020. We have continued to cooperate with and participate in projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) that are aimed at improving food safety and increasing consumer protection.
At our operations in Poland, we continued to strengthen our food safety and quality systems across each process stage and through enhanced employee engagement and education.
Our food safety and quality systems help ensure that we can respond quickly to address product recalls should they occur. Our international facilities coordinate with multiple agencies in Poland and Romania, which oversee food safety requirements and recall procedures. Amid a multicountry outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis, we had three recalls of raw chicken product in Poland in 2020 and two recalls in pork trimmings in Romania after a customer’s internal testing program detected Salmonella.