Over the past two years, around R$ 5 million has been invested in refurbishing and building
the Company’s laboratories and new equipment purchases
São Paulo, February 25, 2019 – One of Friboi’s missions is to drive ongoing development of its internal food quality and safety standards. As part of this central goal, the Friboi Quality department increased the average number of monthly laboratory analysis by 19.7% in 2018. 52.9 thousand samples were analyzed monthly in 2017, however this figure jumped to 63.3 thousand in 2018.
This increase follows a two-year R$ 5 million investment in refurbishment, personnel training, construction and equipment purchases at the Company’s laboratories. These units are strategically located to serve 31 Friboi processing plants located in six states across the country: Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Pará, Rondônia and São Paulo.
“The commitment to food quality and safety underpins all Friboi operations and that commitment is reflected by our constantly evolving quality standards. In addition to diagnosing more samples in-house, which provides more reliable and faster results, we have increased the number of analyses delivered on time by 33% in the past four years, reaching 96.2% efficiency”, said Emilia Raucci, Friboi Quality director.
With this additional investment, the new laboratories will be automated and use digital technologies, increasing their capacity to analyze all output using predictive visibility diagnostics, which will further increase the speed and safety with which they can detect any product non-conformities. Four units now also hold certification under the ABNT NBRISO/IEC 17025 Standard. Today, microbiological, physical and chemical analyses and chemical waste testing is carried out in-house to support routine operations as well as customer and government requirements (self-controls).
Friboi laboratories are located in the following cities: Andradina (SP), Araputanga (MT), Barra do Garças (MT), Barretos (SP), Campo Grande (MS), Goiânia (GO), Lins (SP), and Vilhena (RO). A new unit will be unveiled in Redenção (PA) in the first quarter of this year. It will be capable of carrying out 3.5 thousand diagnoses a day, serving the local JBS plant and other units in Marabá (PA), Santana do Araguaia (PA), Tucumã (PA) and Araguaína (TO).
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 15 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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