WASHINGTON — When it comes to ensuring that its stores are following proper hygienic and food safety practices, Safeway relies on three separate assessments — and none are conducted by Safeway employees. “We want validation of what we're doing through independent sources,” said Mahipal Kunduru, group director, consumer protection for the Pleasanton, Calif.-based retailer, who explained Safeway's in-store hygiene program earlier this month in a session here at the Global Food Safety ...

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