In North America, all suppliers providing products or services that have direct contact with food are required to be certified to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), or an equivalent certification and provide a letter of guarantee, or be assessed and approved by our Supplier Quality Team. Supplier Quality Team approval requirements for our raw material and food contact materials suppliers are based on a risk assessment that may include certification to a GFSI recognized scheme and / or an audit performed by a quality food safety auditor, and / or a completed JBS supplier questionnaire that confirms product safety, traceability and good manufacturing practices are in place. We defer to organizations like GFSI and BRC to evaluate the effectiveness of audits, collect feedback and make related adjustments. The letter of guarantee certifies that the food products are safely produced and are of consistent quality. We also require these suppliers to undergo an additional audit to confirm they’ve met these requirements.
We evaluate all potential suppliers based on several criteria, including compliance, commercial offering, supply flexibility and responsiveness, service, risk management, quality, price, reliability, financial capability, reputation and experience. We recognize that sourcing products, ingredients and services from within our communities helps further support local economies.
Within our own North American facilities, JBS USA utilizes ISNetworld (ISN), a contractor safety management database where contractors can manage company and individual level safety information within their ISN membership. ISN helps us objectively manage contractor safety prequalification requirements by working with contractors to gather, evaluate and verify safety information based on JBS USA criteria.