Wal-Mart suppliers must comply

Wal-Mart has announced that suppliers of its private label and other food items, like produce, meat and fish, must comply with standards recognised by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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.

GFSI is a group of international retailers committed to strengthening consumer confidence in food safety, which counts Wal-Mart among its members.

Wal-Mart’s requirements will extend to subsidiaries Asda in the UK and Seiyu in Japan.

GFS1 is a CIES initiative.

CIES – The Food Business Forum is the only independent global food business network. It serves the CEOs and senior managementof nearly 400 members, over 150 countries, with retailers being the largest single group.

For further information, email Anne Malbrancq.

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