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Photograph by Justin Steele for Bloomberg BusinessweekCraig Wilson is the vice president, general merchandising manager of quality assurance/food safety, non-foods quality assurance, and merchandise services for Costco Wholesale (COST). Costco operates membership warehouses worldwide, offering a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories.
Costco is a global leader when it comes to food safety, and all suppliers must meet its strict compliance requirements. Costco’s food-safety audit systems, testing of fresh foods, X-ray product inspection, and unique positions on the Global Food Safety Initiative and the global regulatory environment are well-known industry-wide.
Prior to joining Costco Wholesale, Craig worked as a special projects director for Frigoscandia Equipment Food Safety Systems (JBT) for over 24 years. During his time with Frigoscandia, Craig published numerous research papers in the areas of food safety and food processing; he holds many patents, most notably for the steam pasteurization of food. Craig is the recipient of the Gia/Matek Global Excellence in Food Safety Award and serves on the steering committee for the National Food Safety Consortium, as well as the technical committee of the Global Food Safety Initiative.