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 rolled out a global quality management system and in 2018, 100% of our sites achieved 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. In 2018, our global Supply Quality Team had a food safety verification audit footprint in 45 countries where direct materials are sourced, in line with Kerry’s annual supplier risk assessment and geographic expansion. Following the establishment of our Global Raw Material Centre of Excellence, we have created and agreed global buying specifications with strategic suppliers and continue to pursue ongoing category transformation, reducing complexity, lowering risk and increasing efficiency and supplier trust.
Like many of the sustainability challenges we face, issues around food safety and food fraud in the supply chain are not unique to Kerry. In 2018, our global Supply Quality Team worked closely with industry organisations and peers to support and influence the strategic development of global food safety standards. We participated in the review of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food Standard and were part of a joint SSAFE (Safe Supply of Affordable Food Everywhere) and Accenture review of six global food and beverage companies, resulting in an industry best practice guide to help manage food safety in mergers and acquisitions.
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.