Global Food Safety Initiative appoints Wal-Mart vp as vice-chair elect

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The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, has appointed Frank Yiannas, vp food safety and sealth, Wal-Mart, as vice-chair elect to replace current vice-chairman, Yves Rey, Danone. The appointment is effective from February 2012, when Rey steps into the role of chairman.

Commenting on the recent changes within the GFSI board, current chairman Jürgen Matern said: “The GFSI Board is delighted Frank has agreed to step up to this challenge and commit to strengthening the position of GFSI around the world. Frank has already demonstrated great leadership by chairing the Global Food Safety Conference committee over the last 12 months, and through his tenure as vice chair, we will continue to develop GFSI as the world’s leading business-driven food safety forum, advancing food safety worldwide.

Matern added: “Frank’s appointment as vice-chair will help GFSI to build strategic partnerships, and to drive greater awareness in regions where the GFSI approach is beginning to gain momentum”.

As vice president of food safety and health, Yiannas oversees all food safety, as well as other public health functions, for the world’s largest food retailer, Wal-Mart.  Training and education of thousands of associates, hundreds of food suppliers, and a number of critical regulatory compliance issues also come under his remit.

Prior to joining Wal-Mart in 2008, Yiannas spent 19 years as director of safety & health for the Walt Disney World Company.

In 2001, under his tenure, Walt Disney World received the prestigious Black Pearl Award for corporate excellence in food safety by the International Association for Food Protection.

Yiannas is the 2007 recipient of the NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Food Safety and is also a past president of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the past chair of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s board of directors.