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Mars Opens Global Food Safety Center

The $15 million pre-competitive research and training facility will help raise global food safety standards

01/25/2016

McLean, VIRGINIA and Huairou, CHINA (September 24, 2015) – Convening governments, Associates and industry peers, Mars, Incorporated held the grand opening of the Global Food Safety Center in Huairou China on September 24, 2015. A pioneering, $15 million facility, the Mars Global Food Safety Center aims to raise global food safety standards through pre-competitive research and training. We believe that addressing food safety challenges will lead to better access, availability and nutrition, reducing food waste and increasing overall quality of life for generations of families around the world. But we can’t do it alone. The Mars Global Food Safety Center calls on academics, governments, NGOs and our competitors to partner with us and collaborate on this research because safer food benefits us all.

With a global population expected to grow to nine billion by 2050, we have many food safety challenges to solve for ahead of us. The Center will leverage insights and expertise from over 60 Mars partnerships, dedicated to innovative, sustainable and responsible food safety practices. These partnerships, among many others, include the World Food Programme (WFP), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), and the IBM/Mars Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain.

In advance of the Center’s opening, David Crean, Vice President, Corporate R&D, Mars Incorporated, commented: “Unlike an R&D or innovation center focused on product development and improvement, the Mars Global Food Safety Center is a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to advancing food safety research through collaboration and the pre-competitive sharing of information. We firmly believe that in order to ensure generations of families have access to safe and nutritious food, we must work together to evolve food safety management programs and create robust, sustainable supply chains.”

Located just north of Beijing, the Global Food Safety Center is an investment in our ongoing commitment to working with world-leading experts to ensure the safety and security of food for generations of families. While approximately 30 Associates will work on food safety research and training at the Mars Global Food Safety Center, there will be a variety of sabbatical positions open to academic and regulatory researchers. The facility will house analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratories, interactive training laboratories and a conference auditorium to enhance knowledge sharing as ninety-five percent of the pre-competitive research conducted that Mars Global Food Safety Center will be shared on the public domain.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history and some of the best-loved brands in the world including M&M’S®, PEDIGREE®, DOUBLEMINT® and UNCLE BEN’S®. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars has more than $33 billion in sales from six diverse business segments: Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. More than 75,000 Associates across 73 countries are united by the company’s Five Principles: Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom and strive every day to create relationships with stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of as a company.

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