Wal-Mart steps up food-safety initiatives

Wal-Mart announced that it will require suppliers to be certified by safety programs in the Global Food Safety Initiative. The initiative requires food suppliers to earn factory audit certification against recognized standards, which include FMI's Safe Quality Food initiative. "It's an approach that is beginning to catch on in the U.S. that's been used for several years already in Europe and other parts of the world," said Jill Hollingsworth, FMI's vice president of food safety programs. Price Chopper began requiring some suppliers to comply with Safe Quality Food standards by Jan. 1, the company said last year.

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