Fresh produce compliance guide

Walmart food safety compliance
Walmart food safety compliance app for traceability and food safety: for all food businesses including fresh produce, fruit & vegetable packers

Walmart food safety compliance app

Walmart food compliance software including fresh produce, fruit & vegetable packers and food vendors.

Walmart fresh produce compliance
Walmart fresh produce compliance

Food Safety Assessment in Walmart Stores have aligned with GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and requires all private brand suppliers, regardless of company size or the inherent food safety risks associated with their products, to obtain full GFSI certification. Every operation from farm to final pack house or warehouse must achieve GFSI certification to be a Private Brand Supplier. For more information about the certification process for fresh produce, you may review The Supplier’s Guide to Becoming GFSI Certified. Please visit for a full list of recognized schemes. You may also view a list of the recognized audits on the Level
Safety Audit Requirements document.

FDA Bioterrorism Registration - Suppliers will need to ensure that all fresh produce compliance Walmart operations that provide product to Walmart and/or Sam’s Club have registered with
the FDA and have a current FDA bioterrorism registration number. Each operation that is approved and issued a vendor number is required to have an individual FDA registration. To ensure fresh produce Compliance, suppliers will provide this number to Walmart upon our request.

Walmart fresh produce compliance
Walmart fresh produce compliance

Licensing & Registration - Certain states have licensing and registration requirements above and beyond Federal registration requirements. It is
the supplier’s responsibility to be familiar with the laws and regulations in every state in which their product will be sold. Suppliers will be asked to submit proof of registration to the Walmart Food Safety & Health department at upon request. Unless otherwise directed, suppliers are responsible for completing and submitting all licensing and registration forms and paying all licensing and registration fees on or before the annual deadline.

Walmart recognises Banacol for pineapple compliance

Walmart, recognised Banacol for its 99% compliance for deliveries to their distribution centres.

"This is an incredible achievement for our company and we should be very proud to receive it. To achieve this recognition, the key factors were: the production group and the adjustments made in deliveries," said Bill Sheridan, Banacol Vice President of Marketing and Sales.

He also added, "It has been a very difficult year for our company, but we should be happy for this recognition. Success begins with the good quality of the fruit we produce. Congratulations to the whole Banacol team for this great achievement."

Safer, Healthier Products

Walmart aims to provide access to safe, high‑quality food to millions of customers worldwide. Access to healthier and affordable food is foundational for good health in communities. We aim to enable our customers to make healthier choices and to provide access to the products that are important to them.

To advance these goals, we operate food and product safety programs, work to increase access to healthier foods, and encourage suppliers to join in our sustainable chemistry efforts.

Food Safety

food safety lead

Walmart aims to provide access to safe, high-quality food to millions of customers worldwide. We maintain a Global Food Safety Compliance team comprised of experienced food safety professionals who are responsible for overseeing a comprehensive Food Safety program and ensuring adherence to our Global Food Safety Policy.

We assess compliance with Walmart food safety standards, processes, conditions and expected behaviors through regular independent, third-party food safety audits of our stores and clubs that prepare fresh food. We conduct risk-based audits to help ensure that our stores are operating safely and in compliance with laws and regulations.

We have been a long-time supporter and board member of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI, which is an important part of our efforts to promote food safety among suppliers; we remain committed to this effort. It enables us to take a global, unified approach.

We also embrace innovation and technology such as blockchain to improve transparency and traceability of food to deliver a better shopping experience while limiting the scope of outbreaks and recalls. Blockchain technology can enable greater accountability, improved safety and more sustainable practices by providing greater visibility into supply chains. We established a blockchain platform in the U.S. to help trace foods in our supply chain, and a majority of our fresh leafy greens' suppliers have onboarded to a blockchain platform. The success of that rollout encouraged us to communicate the same expectation of using a blockchain platform to our green bell pepper suppliers. In 2020, we are focused on expanding our blockchain technology to additional food commodities.

In China, Walmart created the Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center (WFSCC) in 2016 to bring together stakeholders across industry, government, academia and trade associations to address the root causes of foodborne illness. The center focuses on three aspects of the food safety system: innovation, education and policy support.

This center’s work is also supported by philanthropic investments from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. In 2016 Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a plan to invest $25 million in funding over five years to support research projects in applied science, education and communications that enhance Chinese food safety. Since 2016, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have spent $22.5 million to meet this goal.

Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainable Chemistry lead image

Our customers and members seek products that are safe, effective, affordable and sustainable.

Walmart’s Sustainable Chemistry Commitment encourages suppliers to incorporate Sustainable Chemistry principles into the development of their products that we sell. We ask suppliers to accelerate product reformulation, certify products using credible accreditations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice program, and improve transparency into ingredients and formulations. We also disclose our progress to the Chemical Footprint Project, which has recognized Walmart as a CFP 2019 Disclosure Leader.

As part of our commitment, in 2017, we became the first U.S. retailer to announce a time-bound chemical reduction goal: by 2022, we aim to reduce our footprint of “priority chemicals” in formulated consumables by 10% compared to our 2017 baseline of 215.9 million pounds. Walmart references regulatory and authoritative lists to determine priority chemicals. In 2018, there were 125,000 formulated consumable items in-scope sold by Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. in the following categories: personal care, beauty, baby, pet and household cleaning products.

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Lead

Walmart believes that farm animals in our supply chain should be treated humanely throughout their lives. We have asked suppliers to implement principles of judicious use, including using antibiotics only for medicinal purposes and not to promote growth.

Walmart expects that our suppliers will not tolerate animal abuse, and we support the globally recognized “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare:

  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst
  2. Freedom from discomfort
  3. Freedom from pain, injury or disease
  4. Freedom to express normal behavior
  5. Freedom from fear and distress

We are committed to working with suppliers and other organizations to implement practices consistent with these freedoms and with the judicious use of antibiotics.

As part of our animal-welfare position, we called for the industry to find and implement solutions to animal-welfare concerns. Examples of specific programs include:

  • Technology to monitor animal welfare: We asked that our Walmart U.S. suppliers implement video monitoring on sow farms by end of 2018. As of that time, suppliers reported implementing video monitoring in a manner that was estimated to cover 100% of the volume supplied to Walmart U.S.
  • Working toward cage-free eggs: All of our shell egg supply at Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. are required to meet United Egg Producers animal welfare requirements or equivalent and 32% of eggs at Sam’s Club are cage free and 17% of eggs at Walmart U.S. are cage free.

Food Safety High Five

Learn about safe handling procedures, cooking temperatures, and food safety tips for you and your family.

At Walmart, we provide safe and affordable food, so our customers can live better. Because we care about your safety, we would like to remind you of the importance of following proper food safety practices.

View more information at and the USDA website to learn about safe handling procedures, cooking temperatures, and food safety tips for you and your family.

Food Safety High Five List

1. Be Clean, Be Healthy

  • Wash hands when necessary
  • Do not work with food if you are ill
  • Never touch ready-to-eat food with bare hands

2. Keep it Cold, Keep it Hot

  • Keep cold foods at 41°F or below
  • Keep hot foods at 140°F or above

3. Don’t Cross Contaminate

  • Do not store raw foods over cooked or ready to eat foods
  • Never prepare ready to eat foods on the same surface or with the same utensils used to prepare raw animal proteins.

4. Wash, Rinse, & Sanitize

  • Properly wash, rinse and sanitize all food contact utensils and equipment

5. Cook it & Chill It

  • Cook food until it reaches a proper internal temperature.
  • Rapidly cool food to 41°F or below

Use the quick reference chart below for easy reference.

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