Our business is built on foundation of safe products. Food safety has been identified as one of the most essential aspects of Valio’s responsibility.
Safe, high-quality products are ensured through meticulous approval procedures and monitoring of raw materials and packaging, traceability, certified food safety and quality control systems and self-monitoring of production, and detailed product information.
Our food safety work is monitored by independent third parties and the authorities. Our production plants and warehouses are approved by authorities and are regularly inspected by them.
Our food safety and quality activities are guided by a separate policy. Our goal is to perform so well that no recalls are needed.
The ingredients and materials we use are subject to a strict approval process. Additionally, based on a risk assessment, we carry out laboratory testing of our raw materials before we use them.
Only farms that have an agreement can supply raw milk to Valio, and we know the production conditions of our raw material suppliers. The suppliers and Valio both verify that the milk has no traces of pharmaceuticals.
With good traceability, we know what raw materials and packaging materials have been used for each batch of our own products, and where each product batch we produced has been sent. This information is absolutely essential in recall situations.
Our products’ most important traceability information is the ‘best before’ date, as it can be used to trace information about the raw materials and other materials. The traceability information can also include other product-specific information, like the packaging machine number, the batch number, or the packaging time stamp, which ensure even more detailed traceability when needed.
Food safety and quality are ensured at our factories through certified control systems and self-monitoring. We monitor risks and changes related to food safety and quality globally, and we update our control systems based on this information and on the changes taking place in our own operations. Read more about our certifications and laboratory accreditations.
We carefully monitor our production processes and finished products:
Accurate product information is important from a food safety perspective, especially for people who have food allergies or food sensitivities. We make sure that allergenic or sensitivity ingredients are listed on our packaging.
The correct storage and related instructions are important for food safety and product quality. Our packaging has instructions on the best way to store the product.