Serving six million meals a day means we are committed to the health and safety of our customers, clients and associates.
With industry-recognized and experienced food safety professionals on staff, our Quality Assurance (QA) department has over 268 years of collective experience and expertise. Needless to say, we have extensive food safety programs and strict protocols in place.
With that in mind, we only partner with reputable and reliable suppliers that share our objective of the highest standards of product safety, and they are subject to a rigorous vendor certification process.
This process applies to our produce vendors – whether it's a small or medium-size family farm or a large factory farm – they must be all GAP certified. That way, the traceability of the items we serve is transparent, and we can easily trace back any item to the point of origin.
Through our partnership with FamilyFarmed.org, we see our sponsorship of this project as yet one more action we can take to keep our farmers on the land and economically viable by helping them through this complex maze of food safety requirements that will become more and more critical in the future.
our associate: Marc Zammit, VP Sustainability & Culinary Initiatives
"We also have a business interested in making sure that the food that we serve is safe. When you consider that we serve six million meals a day, our exposure to a food safety issue is tremendous. Our plan is to continue to aggressively grow our Buy Local program This project allows us to move forward more confidently because it helps ensure strong safety practices behind the great flavors that we get from these farmers."
"...We serve 6 million meals a day
...food safety is crucial..."
This past December 2011, the USDA along with a broad group of partners (including Compass Group) launched an online tool that enables produce growers to create customized food safety plans, and thus, adopt and document best practices in food safety.
A member of the On‐Farm Food Safety Project, Compass Group was one of three companies to support the building of this tool, financially and with technical assistance.
our partner: Jim Slama, president of FamilyFarmed.org
"Wholesale buyers are increasingly requiring that farms adopt and quantify best practices in food safety. We created this tool in order to give farmers access to a system that allows them to meet the needs of these buyers, while minimizing risk."