Ensuring Food Quality and Safety
The quality and safety of our foods, along with the safety of our colleagues, are part of our core values. (See Living Our Founder’s Values for people safety information.) Our Kellogg Food Safety System directs our global, comprehensive approach to uniform food safety standards. In addition, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certifies all our company-owned and contract-manufacturing facilities, as well as ingredient suppliers. Our North American facilities are also SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified.
To ensure compliance against these high standards, GFSI conducts audits of our suppliers and co-manufacturers. Our internal team conducts audits of our Kellogg-owned manufacturing facilities, also against GFSI standards.
We continuously improve our efforts and invested nearly US$60 million in new equipment and facility improvements in 2017. These investments supported further advancements in our food safety systems and processes.
Getting an external point of view, especially around something as critically important as food safety, makes good sense. This is the purpose of our External Food Safety Advisory Board. This group of four distinguished experts augment the work of our internal team, advising us on all matters of food safety.
Founder and CEO, The Acheson Group
Dr. Acheson has more than 30 years of medical and food safety experience. He is the former Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to that, he served in the same role at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety.
CEO, Atkinson Consulting
Mr. Atkinson retired as Vice President of Operations for Kraft Foods. He understands every aspect of food safety, beginning his career as an hourly employee at the company and working in a wide variety of roles of increasing responsibility for 34 years.
President and General Manager, International Product Safety Consultants (IPSC), Inc.
Mr. Keener has worked extensively on the development and implementation of food safety, quality, sanitation and regulatory compliance programs for food companies around the world. At IPSC, he focuses on food safety and technology solutions.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan
Dr. Philbert is also a professor of toxicology in U of M’s School of Public Health. His expertise is in developing leading-edge nanoplatforms to sense ions and small molecules. He consults with federal agencies on emerging nanotechnologies, nanomedicine, and health and safety.