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Mars Global Food Safety Center Participates in 2016 APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum


Lima, Peru (August 19, 2016) – Mars Inc., one of the world’s leading food manufacturers, today participated in the 2016 APEC Food Safety Cooperation Forum (FSCF) in Lima, Peru. Robert Baker, Director of Mars Global Food Safety Center (GFSC), gave a presentation at a Partnership Training Institute Network (PTIN) Workshop themed “Effective Industry and Regulator Cooperation: Better Food Safety Regulation through Increased Transparency and Public Consultation”. After established by China and Australia in 2007, FSCF helps APEC Member Economies to improve the technical competence of food safety management and detection practices throughout the food supply chain. Its PTIN has become one of the most important platforms in the Asia Pacific Region to address the need to engage the food industry and academic food safety experts with the regulators, to strengthen capacity building in food safety.

The event provided a unique opportunity to advance collaborative efforts in food safety, with attendees including the APEC FSCF Co-Chair, U.S. Trade Representative, Food and Consumer Products of Canada, the Peruvian General Direction of Environmental Health and Food Safety, Food Standards Australia, and many other officials, executives and professionals from related industries.

At the PTIN workshop, Mr. Baker shared how Mars had leveraged its GFSC as a platform to engage with various parties in the food safety chain, and called for participants to join Mars’ efforts in improving global food safety. Industry and regulators have the expertise, tools and capabilities to raise standards of food safety, and optimize the effectiveness of food safety efforts globally.


“As a leading food manufacturer, Mars is pleased to share our insights and best practices to all parties in the industry. The GFSC, as the first food safety research and training facility of its kind in the industry, is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to raise food safety standards and build industry food safety capability on a global scale through research and knowledge sharing,” said Mr. Baker.

As part of this commitment, the Mars GFSC had conducted a series of industry activities since its launch last fall, including organizing the first international food safety science symposium attended by over 60 leading scientists and food safety experts from around the globe; promoting children’s food safety education with China Children and Teenagers Fund, a leading Chinese non-government organization; and delivering Better Process Control School(BPCS) training in China in collaboration with the US Grocery Manufacturers Association, etc.

In addition, the Mars GFSC also leverages insights and expertise from over 60 Mars partnerships dedicated to innovative, sustainable and responsible food safety practices. 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 are among the many organizations Mars is partnering with to solve the challenge of feeding the growing global population, which is expected to hit nine billion by 2050.

“Food safety is a global challenge that cannot be addressed by any one entity alone. The Mars GFSC is proud to bring together different stakeholders across the entire industry chain to explore solutions to this critical issue,” said Robert Baker. “We encourage more participants across academia, government and NGOs to join us, and collaborate towards our common goal of ensuring safe and nutritious food for generations to come.”

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About the Mars Global Food Safety Center

As one of the world’s leading food manufacturers, Mars has driven a new approach to quality and food safety within the business and invested broadly in research, ability and expertise networks to meet the global food safety challenges affecting the food industry.

Mars has now built up the Global Food Safety Center to help support the knowledge expansion and understanding of effective global food safety management.

The first of its kind for Mars and one of the first facilities of its kind for the region and the industry, the Mars Global Food Safety Center will conduct pre-competitive food safety research and training. Through knowledge capture, knowledge generation and knowledge sharing, the center will raise the bar of food safety management across the industry.

We believe that food safety is fundamental to food security throughout the supply chain. And the focus on food safety will help reach our ultimate goal of driving better access, better availability, better nutrition, less waste and will save lives.