Quality & Food Safety
We strive to produce safe, high quality products and have stringent food and product safety requirements in place across the Group, as outlined in our Food Safety and Quality Policy. We take a farm-to-fork view that incorporates preventive controls through to horizon scanning and embedding best practice. We have implemented a global quality management system and in 2019, 100% of our sites maintained Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification. GFSI is an industry-driven initiative that reduces food safety risks by delivering equivalence between effective food safety management systems and we leverage this platform to ensure food safety and compliance with quality standards.
Kerry also requires that its suppliers of raw materials comply with strict requirements as laid out in the Group’s Supplier Requirements Manual. We partner with suppliers operating in nearly 60 countries around the world, performing a risk assessment on all our direct suppliers and third party manufacturers annually. In 2019, we conducted 1,100 supplier food safety audits in 50 countries across 6 continents and in the past 5 years, our Global Supply Quality team have conducted in excess of 5,000 supplier audits.
Like many of the sustainability challenges we face, issues around food safety and food fraud are not unique to Kerry. As part of our governance and due diligence programme, policies and ways of working are refined in line with GFSI standards, peer reviews and benchmarking programmes with customers and organisations such as SSAFE (Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere).
Kerry Group is a member of SSAFE, a global non-profit membership organisation working to integrate food safety, animal health and plant health across food supply chains to improve public health and wellbeing. The SSAFE initiative brings together industry leaders, government bodies, academia and other stakeholders to find ways to enhance the integrity of the food system.