Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart, will deliver the opening session on March 30, 2016, officially leading off the 5th edition of the conference. Yiannas will present why pet food manufacturing companies need to develop and maintain a food safety culture. Petfood Forum Asia 2016 is to be held at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand, co-located with VICTAM Asia 2016.
Yiannas will provide insights on his work with behavior-based food safety, how pet food companies can adopt these principles and why they should. He also will discuss The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI, of which Walmart is a member) and how the organization, which was established under Belgian law in May of 2000 and is managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, maintains a scheme to benchmark food safety standards for all food manufacturers globally (including pet foods and treats) as well as farm assurance standards. This, in turn, helps foster continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the safe delivery of food to consumers.
“It was essential to select a keynote who can convey the importance of establishing a food safety culture, especially in a fast growing and emerging market like the Southeast Asia pet food manufacturing audience,” said Debbie Phillips Donaldson, Editor-in-Chief of Petfood Industry. “Selecting someone with a recognizable name and company, like Frank Yiannas, has broad appeal and his focus on food safety is a global topic of critical importance. We want our conference to provide education on subjects that help support the pet food industries of this region of the world, so they can continue to grow their businesses.”
Stay tuned for additional opportunities to hear Frank Yiannas and other esteemed speakers at Petfood Forum upcoming events.