Industry Impact: Food Safety in the Global Supply Chain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart

Frank Yiannas discusses Walmart's use of blockchain to help reduce waste, better manage contamination cases and improve transparency.

Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety, Walmart

As vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas oversees all food safety and other public health functions for the world's largest food retailer, Wal-Mart, serving over 200 million customers around the world on a weekly basis. Prior to joining Wal-Mart in 2008, Frank was the director of safety and health for the Walt Disney World Company, where he worked for 19 years. In 2008, Frank was given the Collaboration Award by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He is the 2007 recipient of the NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Food Safety and the 2015 Industry Professional Food Safety Hero Award by STOP Foodborne Illness. Frank is also a past president of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and a past vice-chair of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). He is an adjunct professor in the Food Safety Program at Michigan State University, and in 2017 was awarded the MSU Outstanding Faculty Award. He is the author of the books Food Safety Culture: Creating a Behavior-Based Food Safety Management System and Food Safety = Behavior: 30 Proven Techniques to Enhance Employee Compliance, by Springer Scientific. Frank is a registered microbiologist with the American Academy of Microbiology. He received his BS in microbiology from the University of Central Florida and his MPH from the University of South Florida.

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