We believe everybody deserves safe food every time they sit down to eat, whether with their family for a home-cooked meal or on the go from one place to the next.
Food safety is at the core of everything we do at Cargill, and it’s fundamental to our success. We define food safety as protecting people and animals at every step of the supply chain from illness or injury due to handling or consuming our products.
We take a comprehensive, science- and risk-based approach to food safety in our policies, operations and supply chains. Every day, we strive to continuously improve. And we know we can learn from and share with others, which is why we are part of the Global Food Safety Initiative, helping spread best practices all across the globe.
Our core operating principles
Leadership: Producing the safest food possible is absolutely critical to the ongoing success of our business. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we strive to lead a broad network of partners in the work of advancing food safety, including customers, regulators and the public. We seek to be a catalyst in our industry.
Transparency: We work with others across the public and private sectors to address food safety issues and to establish standards and policies that improve the overall supply chain and build trust with consumers.
Food safety culture: We believe all employees are responsible for contributing to the success of our food safety system. We empower our teams to bring forward ideas that could improve our efforts and to take action when the have a concern or see an issue that may compromise food safety. At Cargill, food safety is everyone’s job.
Accountability: We hold ourselves to account when it comes to fully implementing and continuously improving our food safety approach. We monitor all our facilities continually, and we act swiftly to address any food safety issue within our supply chains. We are committed to advancing our own system and the strength of the industry through ongoing meat science research, new food technologies and improved processes.
Food safety resources
Update to customers who purchase vacuum packaged beef subprimals
Each Cargill beef facility produces subprimal products packaged into vacuum sealed bags then boxed or placed in combos that are not tested and are solely for intact use. Cargill expects any customer who purchases vacuum packaged beef primals either in boxes or combos, and then uses that product for other than intact production, to address the specific usage within their HACCP plan and have the appropriate controls in place.
Please go to the Additional customer letters section of Cargill's meat food safety website to view a letter describing Cargill's process that may also help satisfy your specifications in meeting the requirements of FSIS' MT65 sampling plan as written in FSIS Notice 39-14.