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Hormel Foods has a Food Safety Steering Committee that oversees the operation of three important food safety task forces.

Hormel Foods has robust food safety and sanitation systems based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points principles to ensure the safety of our products.

Food safety systems are overseen by company personnel, independent third parties, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In 2020, we issued one product recall for elevated aflatoxin results in SKIPPY® 16-ounce Super Chunk® peanut butter. Aflatoxin levels in the 2019 peanut crop were higher than average due to various weather impacts. This was an FDA Class III recall, which means the recalled products are unlikely to cause injury or illness.

All team members receive food safety training appropriate for their responsibilities within the company. In addition, Hormel Foods has a Food Safety Steering Committee that oversees the operation of three important food safety task forces: Prevention and Detection, Assurance and Training. Our Hormel Foods quality management team members continue to drive improvement by challenging themselves to meet aggressive key results for food safety improvement.

The packaging of our products also plays an important role in ensuring food safety. Our packaging scientists determine the best packaging techniques for all of our products. A variety of packaging materials and options are used, including modified atmosphere packaging, vacuum packaging and packaging designed for low-acid, shelf-stable foods.

As we prepare products to be sold, they undergo multiple stages, checks and balances. Our packaging scientists do a thorough review of products, taking into account the entire manufacturing process, as well as customer and consumer usage.

For more information about our food safety and quality program, visit our corporate website.