The Food Safety Bar Must Continue to Rise

Nestlé’s revamped quality center in Dublin, Ohio is our way of seeing the FDA’s new rigorous standards — and raising them
Sep 28, 2016 12:00 PM ET

By Paul Grimwood, Chairman & CEO of Nestlé USA

The esteemed American food writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher once wrote, “First we eat, then we do everything else.”

That simple notion resonates with us at Nestlé, the world’s largest food company. Every day, millions of people in the U.S. and all over the world choose Nestlé products and brands. Families rely on us to provide the food that fuels them. Our reputation for consistently delivering high-quality products should give them confidence in every sip or bite.

But a company does not celebrate its 150th birthday, as Nestlé is this year, by being complacent or satisfied — especially when it comes to food quality and safety. Complying with the Food and Drug Administration’s food safety requirements is all well and good, but we cannot expect laws and regulations to fully anticipate and protect our consumers from food safety concerns.

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