Executive for World’s Largest Grocer Talks Behavior & Food Safety
ANAHEIM, CA: In its rise to position as the world’s largest food retailer, Walmart has also become the world’s largest food-handler and practitioner of food-safety practices.
Frank Yiannas, vice president of food safety and health for Walmart, delivered the keynote address to the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) at the opening of its Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition, Monday, June 25, Anaheim, Calif.
Yiannas’s remarks focused on insight into how behavior science might be used to advance food safety and environmental health. “It was a wonderful experience speaking at the NEHA 2018 AEC & HUD Healthy Homes Conference. It provided an excellent opportunity to build working relationships between industry and environmental health agencies,” Yiannas said.
There are an estimated 90,000 people employed in the U.S. in environmental health fields. Their work ranges from monitoring municipal drinking water and inspecting restaurant kitchens to tracking and containing outbreaks of foodborne illness in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control.
“This is an important conversation. Today, people demand more fresh produce in their diets, and as retailers move to meet that demand, it’s up to people like Frank Yiannas, and the professionals represented by NEHA, to make sure that all food, whether fresh or packaged, is handled, warehoused and sold safely,” said Dr. David Dyjack, chief executive officer of NEHA.
For more than 80 years, NEHA has served the American public by upholding a credentialing standard that is recognized around the world, achieved only through NEHA-proctored exams. NEHA-credentialed environmental health workers must be able to demonstrate a professional mastery of the environmental health field.
As Walmart’s Vice President of Food Safety and Health, Yiannas oversees all food safety, as well as other public health functions, including training and education and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Walmart, Yiannis was Director of Safety and Health for the Walt Disney World Co., where he worked for 19 years. Under his tenure, Walt Disney World received the prestigious Black Pearl Award for corporate excellence in food safety by the International Association for Food Protection.