A “One Team” Global Approach to Food Safety

  • Walmart has set a goal to become a regenerative company—one that places nature and humanity at the center of our business
  • Our approach to food safety exemplifies this strategy as we seek to go beyond compliance and work collaboratively with others to strengthen food safety systems
  • Science based food safety is universal. Working as one global team positions us to enhance the safety of food around the world confidently and consistently
  • One case study will be shared – the redesign of our Private Brand food safety program including the Product Design Hazard Analysis (PDHA) approach; there is a positive outcome both for our suppliers, and for our customers and members in increasing the confidence that we have in our supply chain

Sara Mortimore
Global VP, Food Safety Compliance

Sara Mortimore is the Vice President and Global Subject Matter Expert for Food Safety at Walmart Inc. In this role, Sara is responsible for the global development and oversight of all Food Safety programs and initiatives for the company’s more than 10,500 stores, manufacturing facilities, distribution, and fulfilment centers.

Prior to joining Walmart in May 2019, Sara held the position of Vice President of Product Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs with enterprise-wide responsibility at Land O’Lakes, Inc. In this capacity, she covered both human and animal foods and supported non-profit international development work.

Sara began her career with Glaxo SmithKline as a Research Technologist in Research & Development. In 1989, she joined Grand Metropolitan Foods, which later became Pillsbury and was subsequently incorporated by General Mills Inc. Here she led food safety, quality, and regulatory teams throughout international markets, including support of brands such as Haagen Dazs, Wanchai Ferry, Old El Paso, and Green Giant.

She is the co-author of several successful books, chapters and papers on HACCP and food safety management. Sara has served on the board of trustees for the Royal Society of Public Health, for the BRC International Advisory Board, and and is currently a member of the Global Food Safety Initiative Steering Committee.