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Feb 4, 2008, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced it has become the first nationwide U.S. grocery chain to require suppliers of its private label and other food products such as produce, meat, fish, poultry and ready-to-eat foods to have their factories certified against one of the internationally recognized Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
Safe Quality Food (SQF), British Retail Consortium (BRC), International Food Standard (IFS), or an equivalent such as Global-GAP Wal-Mart has published a schedule to suppliers requiring completion of initial certification between July and December of 2008, with full certification required by July 2009. Audits will be completed by approved third party auditing companies.
Wal-Mart has published a schedule to suppliers requiring completion of initial certification between July and December of 2008, with full certification required by July 2009. Audits will be completed by approved third party auditing companies.
As the top of the approved auditing company, SGS Consumer Testing Services - North America is announcing the initiation of a global food supplier auditing program for Wal-Mart on Feb 10. This program affects all International and Domestic Suppliers to Wal-Mart US, some estimated 8000 suppliers in the US and around the world. Patricia Wester, Director Food – North America, SGS USTC, will lead the program. Global pricing guidelines for this program have been established and will be communicated in the near future in the SOP. These prices have been reviewed and approved by Wal-Mart and must be adhered to.
Please contact:
Mr. Perry Wang
Tel: 021-6107 2921
Fax: 021-6140 2547
E-mailThe SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 50'000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1'000 offices and laboratories around the world.