Supplier Input Helps Shape Company Practices

Collaboration throughout the supply chain has played a pivotal role in advancing food safety initiatives at McDonald’s Corporation, according to a panel discussion sponsored by SGS Food Testing Service at last month’s 11th Global Food Safety Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The discussion, titled “McDonald’s: Collaboration in Food Safety & Brand Protection,” featured participants from McDonald’s, SGS, Cargill, McCain, and the Safe Quality Food Institute speaking about creating a culture of collaboration between suppliers, franchise operators and McDonald’s to drive food safety from farm to front counter.
Among the highlights:

  • McDonald’s proactively seeks collaboration with suppliers on food safety and quality topics, and considers input from suppliers
  • Changes to McDonald’s supplier food safety audit program, including acceptance of GFSI-recognized audit schemes, were a direct result of this collaborative process.
  • Collaboration extends to audit and certification services, helping ensure that McDonald’s standards and expectations are understood and implemented across the globe. 

“What emerged from this discussion is the importance of treating everyone as an equal stakeholder toward the mission of food safety,” said Kevin Edwards, Associate Director Food, SGS, USA. “McDonald’s is truly unique in its system approach, and its engagement of diverse industry professionals drives best practices. Its collaboration model for food safety and quality management systems carries valuable lessons for everyone in the industry.”

For further information, please contact:

Kevin Edwards
Associate Director Food
Consumer Testing Services
SGS North America Inc.
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Fairfield, NJ USA 07004

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