Food Safety Management

 G4-FP5

Bunge is committed to ensuring satisfaction and food safety for all its consumers. This is guaranteed by the company's rigorous food safety policy and by the Foods & Ingredients business unit's Quality Management area.

All processes adopt standards of excellence, enabling constant improvements in performance and fulfillment of the most demanding customer and consumer requirements, as well as compliance with pertinent regulations and voluntary codes.

In 2015, 81% of production in the Foods & Ingredients units was FSSC 22000 certified, one of the most important international food safety certifications in existence, representing a 68% increase in the product volume certified. Bunge intends to have all its Foods & Ingredients production FSSC 22000 certified by 2020.

In 2015, the following units were certified for food production:

 

Operational certifications of Bunge Brazil

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All Bunge units adopt Hazard and Critical Control Point (HACCP) analyses, Best Manufacturing Practices (BMP), 5S – Housekeeping and Hygiene Standard Operating Procedures  – which are key requirements for ensuring product quality and safety.

To verify the consistency and effectiveness of these controls, periodic internal or third-party audits are carried out at suppliers. These procedures have proved effective, demonstrated by the fact that Bunge had no cases of non-compliance with regulations or voluntary codes related to impacts on consumer health and safety during the product and service life cycle in 2015. 

G4-PR2

 

In 2015, we were fully compliant with all regulations and voluntary codes related to impacts on consumer health and safety.

 

Our professionals are encouraged to keep up to date. In this sense, accompanying the development of research on food in general, and GM crops in the National Biosafety Technical Commission (CTNBio) and other institutions. Studies and technical advice of these bodies reveal no evidence that products on the market offer some risk to human health. Regardless, Bunge considers legitimate and supports the concerns of civil society with the issue.

The company is fully compliant with Brazilian law, which permits the sale of products with genetically modified ingredients and stipulates that this information be included on the product label when the GMO content is higher than 1%. Consequently, the company's mayonnaise product lines indicate that they contain corn starch derived from a crop in which, according to market surveys, more than 80% of domestic production is genetically modified. Regarding corn and soy oils, even when the end product does not contain transgenic ingredients or when these are below the levels established by law, Bunge voluntarily includes information on GMOs on its labels.

We believe that the cultivation of this type of product drives significant gains in agriculture, an example being the reduced use of crop defense products. This leads to lower emissions and higher production in a given area. Consequently biotechnology may be used to raise productivity and reduce the pressure to bring new lands under cultivation.

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