Supplying Food Responsibly

Safe & Healthy Products

From farm to finish, the principles of integrity, honesty and trust guide our quality assurance and food safety programs and allow us to provide the highest quality products to more than 400,000 customers globally. Most of our quality assurance programs cover our own Sysco Brands, for which we have the greatest control. However, our commitment to safe, high-quality foods sourced from domestic and international suppliers extends to all of the major national, regional and ethnic brands and local foods we distribute.

In FY2013 Sysco Quality Assurance (QA) adopted the food safety certification processes of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which is becoming the benchmark standard for the food industry worldwide. Food industry stakeholders increasingly recognize the value of the systemic evaluation of the physical plant, food safety program documentation and employee execution of food safety practices that GFSI certification represents.

We are using the BRC Storage & Distribution audit scheme for Sysco Broadline distribution centers and the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) and Primus GFS audit schemes for processing plants in our FreshPoint and Specialty Meat Company operations.

The GFSI certification process provides two major advantages over routine GMP inspections:

  • A thorough evaluation of a food safety system, its execution, and its conformance to risk and science-based food safety standards as well as regulatory requirements.
  • Emphasis on independent third party accreditation of both the standard and the auditors, decreasing the potential for conflicts of interest and increasing customer and regulator confidence in the system.

We are confident that our transition to food safety certification at Sysco facilities will enhance our food safety risk mitigations and provide a more robust measure of performance.

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