Food Safety and Quality
Mondelēz International is leading the future of snacking, and we consistently produce snacks our consumers can trust. We work hard to provide safe and quality products.
We work hard to make quality products to empower our consumers to snack right. Continuously improving our quality and safety procedures, we create safe foods for our consumers by:
- Using a comprehensive food safety program that meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and ensures global consistency.
- Benchmarking annual performance to ensure the robustness of our food safety program.
- Continuously evolving our global strategies on food safety, with global goals to drive further progress.
To guide our continuous improvement in food safety, we have established a goal to achieve third-party food safety certification against the independent Foundation for Food Safety Certification [FSSC 22000] Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked scheme. Today, nearly 100 percent of our internal facilities worldwide are certified against the FSSC-22000.
We also expect our suppliers and external manufacturers worldwide to live up to the same strict standards we have set for ourselves and require them to meet well-defined safety and quality expectations. This starts with our comprehensive supplier approval program to verify the supplier and the quality of the ingredients. Before we buy any ingredients or raw materials, we conduct an initial audit of their facilities to make sure they meet our Supplier Quality Expectations. Once we partner with a supplier or manufacturer, we periodically conduct audits to ensure they continuously meet our standards.
We understand many of our consumers have food allergies, and we take the necessary steps to make our products safe for everyone. We look at the possible sources of major food allergens and clearly include that information on our product labels.
Biotechnology and the Use of Genetically-Modified Ingredients
At Mondelēz International, we believe crop biotechnology can play an important role in improving food production and meeting the demands of the world's growing population. Technology already provides some environmental benefits like reduced pesticide and water usage, increased crop yields and improved nutritional profiles for some crops.
Many public authorities with scientific expertise have affirmed the safety of genetically-modified (GM) ingredients and biotech crops that are currently on the market. This includes the World Health Organization, the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the European Food Safety Authority, and the U.S. National Academy of Science.
While the scientific consensus around the safety of currently available GM food ingredients is clear, local regulation and consumer acceptance of GM food ingredients varies across the globe. That’s why Mondelēz International considers various factors when deciding whether or not to use GM ingredients in individual countries.
To ensure the safety of food and protect the environment, we support appropriate regulation of biotech crops in the field an dGM ingredients in food. Mondelēz International complies with all local regulatory requirements in each country regarding the use and labeling of GM ingredients in food.
At Mondelēz International, we believe that it’s our responsibility as a food company, and collectively as an industry, to make sure consumers never have to worry about the food they serve their families. Food defense is our way of protecting our food from acts of intentional harm. Throughout our entire food chain, we distribute safe products our consumers know, love and trust.
Nanotechnology, an emerging scientific field, involves the design and application of structures, devices and systems by controlling their shape and size at an extremely small scale - in range of one-to-100 nanometers (for reference, one nanometer is one-billionth of a meter).
While we are not currently using nanotechnology, our research and development teams always follow recent scientific research to understand the potential of new technology and consider ways we can implement it into our operations. If we ever intend to use nanotechnology, we will address all environmental, health and safety concerns and evaluate it using our own quality-control processes.
Read more on the National Nanotechnology Initiative website and the Woodrow Wilson Project for Emerging Nanotechnologies website.