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Located just north of Beijing, in Huairou, China, the center will employ approximately 30 persons working on food safety research and training, plus a variety of sabbatical positions open to academic and regulatory researchers.
Mars selected the location not only because of China’s significant role in the global marketplace, but also to leverage the intensive scientific focus the region is bringing to food supply and safety issues today. The facility will house analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratories, interactive training laboratories and a conference auditorium to enhance knowledge sharing. Through scientific forums and media platforms and events, the Mars Global Food Safety Center will promote the findings of its work in order to help advance others’ research efforts.
Building on decades of research, the Mars Global Food Safety Center is a $15m investment in Mars’ ongoing commitment to working with world-leading experts to ensure the safety and security of food. In 2014, Mars and the University of California-Davis jointly established the Innovation Institute for Food & Health, fostering a new type of public-private partnership that catalyzes much needed innovation at the intersection of food, agricultural and health.
Source: Mars Inc.
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