The safety and well-being of our customers is our first priority. That’s why we maintain rigorous, science-based standards and evaluations in critical areas throughout our entire food and toy supply chains.
Our food suppliers must have food safety management systems in place, including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), sanitation programs and a verified Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan, as well as crisis management and food security programs.
Our Supplier Quality Management System (SQMS), which includes food safety and quality system expectations for all our suppliers globally, is under continuous review. In 2010, after consultation with experts from our food supplier partners, external inspection firms and internal McDonald's key staff, our SQMS was updated
In addition to our own programs and policies, we have been leading the effort in harmonizing food safety standards and audits within the food industry by working with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This will allow our suppliers to reduce redundant audits and focus their resources on continuous improvement activities.