About the Mars Global Food Safety Center

We believe everyone has the right to safe food. The Mars Global Food Safety Center strives to generate new scientific and technological insights to raise the bar on food safety.

Our Approach

We embrace our responsibility to help all stakeholders in the global food supply chain understand food safety risks and find new or improved solutions. We collaborate with global partners to increase food safety awareness through knowledge sharing, education, and training. Our global team conducts original, collaborative research using cutting edge approaches which are shared openly through scientific publications and forums.

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Scientific Research

Accelerating discovery and adoption of new techniques and methods that will enhance food safety globally.

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Capability Building Through Training & External Engagement

Together with our partners we create and deliver food safety training programs and educational insights that promote food safety awareness and encourage best practice. We leverage the skills and knowledge of a global network of universities and research institutions to exchange insights and raise the bar in food safety.

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Partnerships & Collaborations

We work with more than 25 partner organizations and academic institutions to foster collaboration, share knowledge, expertise, technology and scientific excellence.

Our Research

The Mars Global Food Safety Center is committed to generating new knowledge and improving food safety capabilities and methodologies, because the world we want tomorrow starts with how we do business today.

We believe everyone has the right to safe food. Yet food safety risks are increasing at an unprecedented rate, and new threats and hazards keep emerging. Each year almost one in ten people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated food. Illness linked to unsafe food overloads healthcare systems and damages economies, trade and tourism. As the human population grows and climate change exerts pressure, it is critical we invest in food safety science and technology-based solutions.

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We focus on three key long-term food safety challenges: mycotoxin risk management, microbial risk management and food integrity.  Click below to read our peer-reviewed papers and abstracts.

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Our Team

At Mars, we know the world we want tomorrow starts with our people. At the Mars Global Food Safety Center, we take great pride in our Associates, without which none of this would be possible. The diversity of our team and the way we work together with our partners enables us to take a truly multidisciplinary approach to the complex food safety challenges we are addressing.   Meet a few members of our team. 

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Dr. Guangtao Zhang Head of Research

Dr. Guangtao Zhang is the Interim Director and Head of Research at the Mars Global Food Safety Center in Beijing, China. In this role Dr. Zhang leads a team of scientists addressing the most significant food safety challenges facing global food supply chains through scientific research in the areas of mycotoxin risk management, microbial risk management, and food integrity. Dr. Zhang has presented at numerous food safety conferences in areas of food safety, allergen management, applied and operational food safety at China International Food Safety and Quality Conference, World Mycotoxin Forum, and Food Safety Analysis.

Take a Tour of Our Virtual Reality Laboratory

Step inside the Mars Global Food Safety Center laboratories where our scientists use cutting-edge technology to address the most significant food safety challenges facing the planet today. From wet chemistry to analytical instrumentation, from general microbiology, to molecular biology, we provide an exciting visual glimpse into the work our food safety scientists are doing, as a team and with our global network of partners and collaborators, to help ensure safe food for all.

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General Microbiology Laboratory

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Molecular Biology Laboratory

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Mars, Incorporated opened the Global Food Safety Center in 2015, driving a scientific approach to food safety, fostering collaboration and enabling partnership with academia, governments,  non-governmental organizations and industries to raise the bar and ensure safe food for all.

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