We’re making high-quality food safely by fostering a culture that puts food safety first and by maintaining the expertise to ensure that safety is central to everything we do.
Our products and processes are developed to integrate safety, quality and continuous improvement at every touchpoint— supply chain, ingredient sourcing, product preparation, storage and delivery to our customers and consumers. This holistic approach to guaranteeing the safety and quality of our food is what guides our work.
We view regulatory compliance as a critical deliverable within our systems, but continuous improvement of food safety is much more. We’re dedicated to integrating food safety within our sustainability framework to find win-win opportunities to extend safety across our value chain, from the delivery of food to consumers to the safety of our team members, the environment and the animals within our supply chain. As a result, our food safety and quality assurance (FSQA) professional network comprises thousands of operations, engineering, supply chain and procurement team members who co-own food safety and quality. This integrated approach leads to a critical mass of food safety ownership, innovation and execution of our processes.
A FSQA Team Dedicated to Excellence
In the U.S., our diverse FSQA team is comprised of more than 2,600 professionals dedicated to supporting operations at 139 facilities. Among them are experts in every area of food safety and quality assurance.
Food Safety and Quality Assurance at a Glance1
|Food Safety and Quality Assurance Team Members||2,587||2,751||2,697|
|Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certified Plants||108||106||113|
|Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certified Plants||24||25||35|
|British Retail Consortium (BRC) Certified Plants||82||79||78|
1This data includes our U.S. operations. These metrics do not include Keystone Foods.
2Our certifications include A2LA 17025 and ISO 9001-2015, as well as state-certified labs at some of our beef and pork plants.
Our high food safety standards are consistent across the world. As we make acquisitions, we hold integration meetings to merge Tyson Foods’ policies with those of acquired companies, adopting best-in-class practices as final policy. Each of our processing locations employs experts in food safety and quality assurance. Our Malaysia, Australia and China locations maintain microbiologists and manage in-house microbiology laboratories. The Malaysia and Thailand locations have experts in ensuring the production of Halal products. In addition, our Asia facilities routinely conduct food safety culture surveys and hold events to maintain a strong safety culture among all employees.
Food Safety Education & Professional Development
We provide all team members with the resources, knowledge, education, communication feedback loops and management support needed to maintain high FSQA standards. Aspects of our training approach include:
- Requiring each team member, regardless of their role, to participate in our annual FSQA awareness training.
- Establishing the expectation that team members who handle food at our facilities will bring anything they see on the job that indicates a potential safety risk or quality issue to the attention of their supervisor.
- Conducting regular walk-throughs by management at each facility with individual team members to proactively address current and future FSQA issues.
In addition to ongoing training, 309 individuals were trained on Introduction to Microbiology in 2019. We are also providing focused training on foreign material prevention, identification and reporting, an area in which we continue to strengthen our focus.
Investing in the Latest Food Safety Technology
We approach the management of our FSQA systems from a holistic perspective, addressing the root cause of larger issues rather than reacting in silos to isolated incidents. To facilitate this approach, we invest in the latest FSQA technology and participate in industry partnerships to find and develop solutions. These practices, in addition to data technology, ensure decision-making around FSQA protocols and procedures is driven by data and backed up by testing and research.
As a part of our continued effort to enhance food safety and quality across our supply chain, Tyson Ventures provided investor funding to FoodLogiQ, and uses FoodLogiQ Connect as our supplier management platform. The FoodLogiQ Connect Manage+Monitor module now serves as the communication portal for Tyson Foods suppliers. This platform has allowed enhanced visibility of our supply chain and is serving as the portal for our suppliers to share their FSQA documents and other important information. In addition to using FoodLogiQ as our FSQA reporting system for supplier compliance, Tyson Foods is working with them on system development to support overall supplier food safety and quality risk assessment.