In a world where food comes from many sources and often travels great distances, food safety is crucially important. Cargill is involved in numerous food supply chains around the world, from farm to table. Our goal is to provide safe food and feed every time, everywhere.
In response to some high profile-food safety problems and rising consumer concerns, governments are intensifying their efforts to improve food safety. As a result, food safety practices, legislation and regulatory oversight vary between – and even within – nations. Because these differences can affect the integrity and safety of global food supply chains, we advocate for a harmonization of food safety rules and practices across borders.
- As a responsible global corporate citizen, Cargill is focused on making sure the food, feed and ingredients we produce are safe to eat. We have adopted one global food safety system across all of our businesses in every country where we operate. Our food safety system is focused on prevention and designed to address biological, chemical and physical hazards. Effectiveness is verified through monitoring and testing, using validated control systems.
- Our food safety standards meet or exceed all applicable laws. We expect the same focus on food safety from our external suppliers.
- All Cargill employees are responsible for making sure the food and feed products and processes they work with meet our safety requirements, and for informing their managers if they see a problem in our operations that could compromise food safety. Our managers must make sure employees have the training and resources necessary to understand and perform their role in food and feed safety. This company-wide culture of accountability drives innovation and continuous improvement.
- Cargill welcomes governments taking responsibility in ensuring food safety. However, to better ensure global food safety in the most efficient and transparent way, we advocate for a single, harmonized cross-border approach.
- We promote public-private partnerships that focus on the global harmonization of food safety standards, the improvement of food safety practices and public education around the world. For instance, Cargill is a founding member of Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere (SSAFE), a nonprofit organization that works to foster public-private partnerships to adopt international science-based food safety, animal health and plant protection standards.
- We are leading the industry in supporting the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a nonprofit foundation whose mission is to drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems. All Cargill food production facilities are certified under a GFSI-benchmarked program, and we are working toward certification of all grain handling and animal feed facilities.
- We are committed to transparency and sharing information on food safety issues across our businesses and with regulators, customers, vendors, suppliers and external manufacturers, and consumers. We have formal and informal processes in place for sharing our food safety innovations, learnings and best practices with internal and external stakeholders in agriculture and food, as well as to learn from others.