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Wal-mart adopts food safety standards

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Wal-Mart is the first U.S.-based chain to require suppliers of its private label and other food items to comply with Global Food Safety Initiatives standards, the Bentonville, Ark.-based firm says Feb. 4. All of the suppliers must have their factories audited by a third party and be certified between July and December 2008, according to a release. The firm adds that suppliers, including those in the U.K. and Japan, must be in full compliance by July 2009 using one of these standard sets: Safe Quality Food, British Retail Consortium or International Food Standard. Use of an equivalent set, such as Global-GAP, also would be compliant...
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