Sean Leighton

Perspective of a Food Safety & Quality Leader

An Interview with Cargill’s Sean Leighton


Sean Leighton is the Global VP of Food Safety, Quality & Regulation Affairs at Cargill, and has previously worked with food production giants such as Coca-Cola, Land O’Lakes, and Pillsbury. Mr. Leighton’s current venture at Cargill spans multiple industries, including agriculture, meat & dairy, food & beverage, and many others. 

This video features perspectives from food safety & quality leader Mr. Leighton on hot industry topics including: How important is supply chain traceability in measuring trustworthiness? Are traditional internal audits still necessary? What kinds of data are needed to advance food safety? How can we shift industry mindsets towards the future of data science? To hear Mr. Leighton answers these questions and more, watch the full video above.

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Key Takeaways

  • Traceability is a hot topic in the food safety industry and helps measure trustworthiness across the supply chains.
  • Traditional GFSI 3rd-party audits still have their place, but cutting-edge technologies and methods are opening up new opportunities for auditing.
  • Visualizing and monetizing the cost avoidance benefits of food safety data systems will be key to changing mindsets within the industry.

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