Griffith Foods Statement on Sterigenics

ALSIP, Ill. – Griffith Foods is a family-owned business with a proven 100-plus year record of improving food safety, quality and consistency while operating at the highest levels of regulatory and safety standards. We have always committed ourselves to responsible ownership while upholding our values as a company to make the future better.

In March 1985, Micro-Biotrol, Inc., an independently operated subsidiary of Griffith Laboratories International, Inc. (now known as Griffith Foods International Inc.) opened a facility in Willowbrook, Illinois. The facility provided sterilization services for certain industries, including medical equipment.

In May 1999, Griffith Foods sold its sterilization operations (then known as Griffith Micro Science), including the Willowbrook facility, to Ion Beam Applications, which later became Sterigenics.

Sterigenics has been named as a defendant in lawsuits arising from its operation of the Willowbrook facility. Griffith Foods has also been named as a defendant in many of these same cases, despite not having any connection to sterilization operations for more than 20 years.

While we will not comment on the specifics of these lawsuits, Griffith Foods fully intends to defend its reputation and values as a responsible owner against any claims that allege otherwise.

About Griffith Foods

Griffith Foods is a global developer and manufacturer of customized ingredient solutions that help food companies meet the evolving needs of consumers while sustaining the planet. As a family business for more than 100 years, Griffith Foods is known for true, collaborative innovation. Our relationships with farmers, customers and others allow us to create delicious, nutritious foods that are better for people and better for the planet. Our people are united in advancing our purpose: “We blend care and creativity to nourish the world.” Founded in 1919 and headquartered in Alsip, Illinois USA, Griffith Foods has grown to include a presence in over 30 countries. For more information, visit

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