Most people consider food safety measures when they’re planning their meals. From reading expiration dates on food labels to handling raw meat and using a thermometer, we generally only think about food safety when we’re in our kitchens. But what you may not know is that food safety is a global threat — with serious implications for the environment and long-term food security. Because if it’s not safe, it’s not food.
At Mars, we take our responsibility to identify risks, advance and share our research and find food safety solutions seriously. That’s why, in 2015, we opened the Mars Global Food Safety Center (GFSC), our global research and training facility to help prevent illnesses and collaborate with governments, nongovernmental organizations and other industries to help raise worldwide food safety standards.
Our scientists are working with other research institutions and more than 25 partner organizations to study and address important long-term challenges that affect both people and the planet, such as:
- Mycotoxin risk management: Nearly 4.5 billion people a year are exposed to mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, which are found on common foods like maize, wheat and peanuts, and contaminate 25 percent of the world’s food supply. We are developing partnerships and strategies to help tackle this serious health threat.
- Microbial risk management: This program aims to transform the management of bacterial contamination through new technologies and methodologies.
- Food integrity: Food fraud is a significant issue for the industry and we are focused on developing the tools and capabilities necessary to help mitigate food integrity challenges across the industry.
Our collaborative approach to partnerships and scientific study is key to reduce illness and disease, as well as strengthen the global food supply chain today to help ensure safe food for all tomorrow.