Food safety


The safety of our foods is our highest priority.

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Food safety is absolutely essential to you – and that commitment is integral to everything we do.

As General Mills' operations expand around the world, we carry with us our commitment to food safety and strict adherence to the food safety processes and expectations we have been developing for more than half a century.

Leading with safety is one of the key operating principles that guides our work.

That means that no matter where we are in the world, we require the same stringent safety standards and processes across our business. 

In 2015, our commitment to food safety included:

  • US$13 million food safety spending (more than 10 percent of essential capital investment on average each year for food safety-related projects)
  • 600+ trained quality professionals and 55+ certified quality engineers monitoring food safety worldwide
  • 100 percent of our facilities audited using globally recognized food safety criteria (excluding Yoki)
  • 90 percent of our facilities worldwide audited and/or certified by third parties

Supplier training

Our products are only as safe as the ingredients in them, so General Mills brings together our suppliers around the world to share food safety knowledge and communicate food safety expectations.

We conduct supplier schools in classroom settings tailored to the needs of each market.

Seminars address topics such as biological and physical hazard controls, allergen management and production facility sanitization.

In 2015, we held supplier schools in Brazil and Australia, building on our success of schools held in India, Spain, China, Thailand, and the U.S. in prior years.

Since 2011, we have had more than 500 participants in our Supplier Schools.


Because we believe that every consumer has the right to expect their food to be safe, we freely share industrywide our:

  • Best practices
  • Emerging areas of concern
  • Regulatory activities

Our investment in worldwide food safety education includes our suppliers, partners, industry peers and regulators.

In 2014, we partnered with the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) to launch and chair a Food Safety Training share group focused on best practices among all food manufacturers.

The share group now has 90 people from 60 companies participating in monthly meetings.

In addition, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification is a voluntary endeavor, managed by the Consumer Goods Forum, undertaken by food industry leaders to promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.

Across General Mills, we have achieved GFSI certification of 72 percent of our company-owned production facilities, indicating they meet global standards for food safety management recognized in more than 150 countries.

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2016 Annual Report

150 years of growth 

Global Responsibility

2016 report