Ensuring Food Safety
In October 2021, the The Mars Global Food Safety Center (GFSC) and Danone hosted the 2021 Future of Food Safety Summit. The Summit provided an opportunity for world-leading organizations and experts to share the latest insights on emerging trends, together with the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs, to help transform food safety capability within the food ecosystem through pre-competitive collaboration.
Mars also brought together a group of like-minded organizations to form the Food Safety Coalition —including representatives from non-governmental organizations, industry and academia, such as the World Food Programme, Kansas State University’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss program funded by USAID, the University of Cambridge, and Queen’s University, Belfast.
The Coalition highlighted the challenge of global food safety, starting with the important area of aflatoxins—a toxic chemical produced by certain types of mold that contaminates up to 25% of the world's crop area and impacts millions of people. By working together, we are driving action in food safety research and transforming food safety capability at pace through pre-competitive collaboration and technology development.
Aflatoxins are one of three areas of focus for the Mars GFSC, where we also research microbial risk management and food integrity (including food fraud) with the aim of strengthening end-to-end supply chain resilience and helping ensure safe food for all.
In 2021, we were proud to hit new benchmarks in research and training, including:
- 300+ people trained from NGOs, academia, industry and government in the last six years
- 80+ peer-reviewed research publications, conference posters and presentations shared internationally since 2015
- 25+ strategic partnerships and collaborations created