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Maintaining our outstanding record of food safety is a top priority. We provide comprehensive, ongoing training to our team members, and our production locations are certified for food safety standards by an internationally recognized third party. We know where every ingredient in every product originated from and can say without question that it meets our high standards.


Hormel Foods invests extensive time and resources developing comprehensive training programs for our team members. From the moment an team members are hired, they receive current and industry-specific food safety training and education relevant to everyday job responsibilities. This training includes Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Training, Better Process Control School, our own Quality Control University and additional job-specific training.

The company also provides training opportunities to key co-packers to ensure they are adhering to our strict safety standards. Additionally, a representative from the Hormel Foods research and development team serves on the Minnesota Governor’s Food Safety and Defense Task Force.

Read more about how we ensure food safety and quality in our 2022 Global Impact Report.

Product Safety Management

Objective oversight is an imperative process for Hormel Foods to ensure the highest food safety and quality standards in all areas of the company’s operations. This is done through an internationally recognized third-party food safety management system, widely known as GFSI.

Hormel Foods had one of the first manufacturing facilities independently certified using GFSI-recognized food safety standards. Twenty-six of our sites (Hormel Foods and subsidiary locations) were certified by GFSI-recognized food safety management systems in 2019, which include the British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety and Safe Quality Food Institute. To receive this certification, these sites were audited against one or more food safety standards recognized by GFSI, which are overseen by accreditation and certification bodies.

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Corporate Quality Assurance Management

Robust audits are conducted by experienced auditors who inspect every plant for HACCP, sanitation and quality.

In addition, all sites are subject to audits by credible outside agencies, whose auditors have completed certified training through various accreditation bodies. Accreditation sets certain certification requirements, such as food safety management systems and HACCP.


Our company has a meticulous traceability process in place. It begins with our ingredient suppliers and continues to the production plant, to the finished product and finally, to our customers. This intricate system relies on electronic systems and records to provide visibility into our supply chain. As an example, our detailed and thorough approach to traceability allows us to know the farm of origin for each hog that is processed daily at Hormel Foods production locations throughout the country.

Quality control team members are trained to trace inputs. Each Hormel Foods manufacturing facility holds a quarterly unannounced test to assess “real-time” system product traceability capabilities. This process brings visibility into the system and allows us to make continual improvements to it.


Accurate nutrition labels are important to ensure our products are delivering the expected dietary needs of our consumers. We operate an ongoing program to verify nutrition labels. We also provide nutritional information on our product websites to give consumers easy access to this important product information.

All product labels are developed by our team of highly trained technical experts. This team has decades of industry experience in label development in accordance with mandatory and voluntary labeling elements.

We manage our labeling and formulation controls through integrated software systems. The systems maintain profiles of all ingredients and the associated suppliers, and are designed to identify all allergens (e.g., milk, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, sesame), sensitive ingredients (e.g., sulfate, MSG), country of origin, supplying production location, dates of purchase, nutrition information and other detailed specifications. All elements of these systems are maintained through a working relationship with our suppliers.