FRIBOI SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDES FIRST FACTORY AUDIT CYCLE FOR THE SUPPLY CHAIN SEAL
The unified protocol assesses plants against international criteria involving animal welfare, raw material traceability,
operations, production, quality, processing and marketing
Friboi concluded the first Supply Chain Seal (Selo da Cadeia de Fornecimento) audit cycle in the first half of the year. After 170 hours of training to certify around 1500 staff and verify over a thousand farms, all Friboi plants were approved.
The process is managed by external certification company SBC (the Brazilian Certification Service – Serviço Brasileiro de Certificações) to ensure the assessments are unbiased. The SBC has over 16 years’ experience controlling product sourcing and it is a benchmark for animal traceability, grading and welfare controls.
The Supply Chain Seal was launched in 2018. It is a unified protocol that reflects international standards and requirements of common interest to all customers and markets the Company serves. It addressed animal welfare, sustainability, transport, equipment and facilities, animal health, procedures, quality, the environment, social responsibility, raw material traceability, carcass grading and management of the supply chain and issues at supplier farms such as infrastructure, logistics, production systems, technology, pasture, pest control, health control, vaccines and financial management.
In the first year, the company invested over R$ 2 million in training and audits.
Now the audit has been concluded, a new cycle of training begins for employees who deal with live animals in corrals and slaughter rooms, cattle truck drivers, TRP Caminhões Seminovos (the business unit that purchases new vehicles for JBS companies and sells pre-owned trucks and trailers) and third parties, as well as the Quality Assurance and Traceability team. Training will focus on Animal Welfare and carcass classification and grading.
Audits to renew the certificate will take place in the second half of the year and preparations are under way to include the Friboi Prepared Foods area. Following the audit, the Seal is already starting to appear on some Friboi products.
“This is a unique and pioneering project that will showcase the transparency of our practices, the quality of our products and the sustainability of our businesses”, said Renato Costa, Friboi president. “In addition to offering customers and consumer markets the information they need about our supply chain, it helps us continuously improve our processes and make bigger demands from out suppliers”, he explained.