Frank Yiannis, VP of food safety for Walmart, will provide the closing keynote address for Petfood Forum 2011 on Wednesday, April 13, during lunch. Yiannis will discuss the Global Food Safety Initiative and why Walmart is a committed, active member.
GFSI, a consortium of retailers and food companies from around the world, was launched in 2000 to foster continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of food to consumers. Yiannis will explain GFSI's objectives, his work with behavior-based food safety and how petfood companies can adopt these principles.
Yiannis joined Walmart in 2008 and is responsible for oversight of food safety and other public health functions for all Walmart, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Club stores, as well as regulatory compliance issues and training and education of employees and suppliers. Prior to joining the retailer, he served as director of safety and health for Walt Disney World Co. Yiannis is the author of Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System (Spring Scientific). He earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Central Florida and a master's in public health from the University of South Florida.