Saturday 15th Jun 2019 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Wal-Mart suppliers must meet GFSI-approved standards

Wal-Mart has announced that suppliers of its private label and other food items, like produce, meat and fish, must comply with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognised standards. Wal-Mart said the four GFSI-approved standards go beyond the current audit process required by the US FDA and Department of Agriculture, according to a report by Reuters.
A CIES initiative, GFSI is a group of international retailers committed to strengthening consumer confidence in food safety, which counts Wal-Mart among its members.
JP Suarez, Wal-Mart SVP and chief compliance officer, and a GFSI board member, said: ‘We are taking this … step to ensure the integrity of our products throughout the entire food supply chain. We encourage other US retailers to follow our lead and to also endorse these standards.’
Wal-Mart added that its requirements will extend to subsidiaries Asda in the UK and Seiyu in Japan.

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