Audits and Certificates
The Food Safety and Quality Assurance management by JBS is based on monitoring three areas:
Consumer satisfaction and relationship indicators
The actions include from care in purchasing raw materials to audits in the standard the products are presented in the point of sale, including also strict controls in the production process and distribution. To ensure each step in the process, training sessions are conducted with the Team Members, clients, and an annual recycling is conducted with other agents from the process, with exchange of experiences about best practices.
Among the main practices adopted to ensure that products from different JBS brands get to consumers and meet the strictest quality and safety standards, there are food-related risk management and assessment systems, committees and discussion forums with area experts, certification processes, accurate labeling systems, as well as regular internal and external audits and inspections, conducted both by health missions and by clients in the Company’s facilities.
JBS has different certifications of the type BRC (British Retail Consortium), the mains global benchmark in protein production quality, in addition to complying with ISO 9001, quality management standards, among others. These certifications guarantee access to an even broader market, especially to international clients.
Additionally, to certify the Guarantee of Origin from its products, JBS maintains the Supply Chain Protocol. Through it, the strict quality control of its production chain is further enhanced. The protocol goes beyond the regulations in force, joining procedures from protocols on animal welfare, traceability, sustainability, operation, production, quality, processing and marketing, as well as the strictest global certifications.
Different controls in each market
All units are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspects facilities to guarantee compliance with federal food safety standards.
All JBS units are inspected by the Federal Inspection Service (FIS), which represents the Brazilian government’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA) certifying the Company to sell its products at home and abroad.
Pilgrim’s plants comply with guidelines published by the Secretariat for Agriculture, Livestock, Rule Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA) and the national Agriculture and Food Health, Safety and Quality Service (SENASICA). Additionally, each Mexican plant holds a TIF (Federal Inspection Certificate) which is issued by the government to certify that foodstuffs comply with World Animal Health Organization standards and the Codex Alimentarius of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.
Production facilities are inspected and audited by third parties under European Food Hygiene regulations, in addition to other customer quality requirements, to verify compliance. Pilgrim’s Moy Park supports the Food Standards Agency’s campaign to reduce the spread of Campylobacter and has invested more than 1 million pounds in research and cutting edge practices to help the poultry industry battle the bacteria.
Representatives from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) inspect export facilities on a daily basis to ensure the unit complies with all federal and international food safety requirements.