We invest in the certification and monitoring of our processes, equipment and facilities, as well as in training in best practices.
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Food Safety

The quality and food safety of the products we sell are the basis of the reputation capital of our banners. We ensure the quality and food safety of our Private Brand and perishable products through our technicians, external auditors and independent and accredited laboratories, as well as our own molecular biology laboratory – which, since 2021, has checked the authenticity of ingredients to prevent food fraud.

Two policies guide our work: the Product Quality and Safety Policy, which establishes the development and monitoring system for Private Brand products and perishables, and the Nutritional Policy, defining the six pillars for product development (nutritional profile, ingredients, labelling, portion size, continuous improvement, and communication).

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    We invest in, certify and monitor our processes, facilities and equipment.

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    We perform regular analyses of our in-store products and equipment to comply with our policies and international standards.

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    We train our employees to have effective control over the quality and safety of our products.

Audits and Certifications

We audit our stores, distribution centres and other infrastructures, such as the soup factory and fresh dough factory, based on international reference standards on quality and food safety. In 2022, we conducted 15,812 audits of stores and distribution centres, 225,272 work surfaces and manipulators were analysed, and 81,393 product analyses were carried out.

We maintained or renewed the following food safety certifications in 2022:

  • ISO 22000:2018 certification related to the storage and distribution of animal-based and plant-based food products at the 16 distribution centres in Poland, and with regard to the development of Private Brand food products at Biedronka’s head office;
  • FSSC 22000 v.5 certification (which includes ISO 22000:2018) for the soup factory in Poland, related to ready-to-eat after heating and individualised packaging;
  • ISO 9001 certification for the development of Private Brands in Portugal and post-launch product/supplier follow-up;
  • HACCP certification, in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius, for the two Pingo Doce central kitchens (regarding food safety), 13 Recheio stores, a Recheio Masterchef food service platform, and for four distribution centres in Portugal (regarding food safety);
  • Food Safety Management System certification, according to the EN ISO 22000:2018 Portuguese Standard, in 25 Recheio stores and two Recheio Masterchef food service platforms;
  • Organic product handling certification, under Council Regulation (EC) No 834/2007, for the 17 distribution centres in Poland and the 4 in Portugal.

Product analyses in 2022


As at 31-12-2022



We continuously invest in building the technical skills of our employees in food hygiene and safety to ensure the effective control of our products.

2022 Training hours


As at 31-12-2022


In 2022, a total of 208,544 hours of training in food hygiene and safety were provided to 54,169 employees.

Independent Verification

Information on audits and product analyses, microbiological analyses and food safety training was confirmed by an external and independent entity for the Group’s 2022 Annual Report.