At Outback Steakhouse, the safety and quality of our food products is our number one priority. We take ongoing steps to ensure that only safe, high quality USDA Choice and Prime steaks are served in our restaurants.
To be an approved beef supplier of Outback Steakhouse, the supplier must, on a continuing basis, demonstrate that they meet or exceed all USDA standards and our own standards. The following highlights are just a few of our requirements:
We require all approved beef suppliers to certify that beef processed in their facility was fed in compliance to USDA regulations that prohibit the use of mammal protein byproducts in cattle feed. These USDA regulations were designed to prevent BSE in our cattle supply.
We require that all approved beef suppliers follow all USDA regulatory requirements during processing to prevent any high-risk materials into the US food supply.
- We require that all approved beef suppliers have in place a documented and monitored HACCP and Sanitation program.
- We require that all approved beef suppliers use scientific methods to verify that their food safety programs are effective to prevent foodborne illness.
- We require that all approved beef suppliers have a written and monitored humane handling program that meets or exceeds USDA requirements.
- We require that all approved beef suppliers submit to us a third party compliance audit, by a trained independent auditor, at a minimum of 1 time per year.
Outback Steakhouse has its own Quality and Food Safety team that continually monitors all approved beef suppliers for the compliance of food safety, quality and humane handling requirements. We also have assembled a Food Safety and Animal Well Being Advisory Council, consisting of experts in the beef industry that meet regularly to review our requirements and programs.
Our commitment at Outback Steakhouse is that we will take all prudent steps to ensure the highest quality and safety of our food.