Food safety


Safety is a priority focus area for us.

It's part of our culture.

general mills food safety legacy graphicLeading with safety – both the safety of our employees in the workplace and the food they make – is one of the key operating
principles that guides our work.

We carry with us our commitment to food safety and strict adherence to the processes and expectations we have been developing for more than half a century.

Our standards are the same in developed and developing countries, though the food safety challenges vary widely across locations. We tailor training, building the capacity to ensure globally harmonized food safety standards

In 2016, our commitment to food safety included:

  • US$16 million food safety spending in 2016, a US$3 million increase over 2015; 8 percent of essential capital investment in 2016 for projects related to food safety.
  • 600+ trained quality professionals and 55+ certified quality engineers monitoring food safety worldwide
  • 100 percent of our facilities worldwide are audited and/or certified by third parties using globally recognized food safety criteria.
  • 80 percent of our company-owned production facilities are Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certified

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.


Our investment in food safety education around the world includes:

  • Suppliers
  • Partners
  • Industry peers
  • Regulators

Food safety leadership is a differentiator for General Mills, but not an area of competition.

We freely share our best practices, emerging areas of concern and regulatory activities to help raise standards industrywide.

We work with industry consortiums, partners and government agencies to advance food safety.

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