May 16, 2018
Smithfield releases food safety section of 2017 Sustainability Report
Smithfield Foods, Inc. released the Food Safety and Quality section of its 2017 Sustainability Report, which provides robust information about the company's leading approach to producing safe, high-quality products.
The section focuses on programmes and achievements that underscore a culture of food safety, and highlights new product offerings that reflect Smithfield's transformation into a world-class consumer packaged goods and protein company.
"We are focused on making high-quality food that continues to earn the trust of our consumers while meeting an increasing desire among the public to know more about how our products are made," said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. "Demonstrating transparency about our products, and what goes into making them, is key to our success."
Smithfield's 2017 Sustainability Report provides in-depth information about innovations, programs, and achievements in food safety and quality, including: a revitalised food safety initiative that builds upon the company's philosophy that all employees have a role to play in making safe, high-quality foods; investments of more than US$50 million in capital projects that enhance food safety and quality as well as production efficiency; investment of US$25 million in a new line of meal kits sold at retail stores to meet evolving consumer demands for complete meal solutions; and reformulated best-selling products with all-natural ingredients and the introduction of a new product category of fresh, never frozen, meatballs.
"Smithfield has a strong companywide culture of absolute food safety responsibility, which aims to assure that food safety and quality is owned by every person, every day," said Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and chief sustainability officer for Smithfield Foods.
"We continue to strengthen our culture through top-level commitment, day-to-day best practices, ongoing improvements, and innovative processes."
The Food Safety and Quality section is the third of a multiphase release of Smithfield's 2017 Sustainability Report, following Animal Care and Environment that were released earlier this month.
Smithfield will publish its Helping Communities and People sections this month, along with the full report.