We investigate cutting edge tools, methods and capabilities to help mitigate food integrity challenges across the global food supply chain, helping to protect raw food materials and finished products.
High value food and drink, where low quality alternatives can be substituted for the more expensive genuine product, are particularly susceptible to fraud. Rice is one such example where high value grains can be mixed with low-cost, low-grade grains for commercial gain,
While many food fraud cases present little or no risk to human health there are high profile cases where fraudulent activity has seriously compromised food safety and all food fraud cases compromise quality, mislead consumers and negatively impact the reputation of food manufacturers.
We collaborate with global partners to develop new and improved tools and analytical methods that help protect the integrity of raw materials and finished products.
The US congress estimates that food fraud costs the food and drinks industry between $10 billion and $15 billion per year, affecting approximately 10% of all commercially sold food products.
Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders. The World Health Organization urges governments, producers and consumers to collaborate to help ensure food safety.
The World Health Organization states that access to safe and nutritious food is key to sustaining life and promoting good health.
Featured Food Integrity Stories
Read more about our latest research, interviews, presentations and upcoming events.
Allergen Advocacy: How Mars is Campaigning for Improved Allergen Testing Capabilities
In a Q&A with Food Safety Tech, Guangtao Zhang discusses key concerns related to undeclared allergens in food as well as the research that Mars is conducting to improve
Building International Collaboration Mechanisms to Focus on Global Food Safety
As a leading global food and pet product manufacturer, Mars has always been relatively low-key, however there is one topic where Mars is quite “high-key” - food safety
Featured Food Integrity Publications
The Mars Global Food Safety Center conducts collaborative, original research using cutting edge approaches which are shared through scientific publications and forums. Read our latest publication offering here.
Explore Our Primary Areas of Focus
Microbial Risk Management
We are investigating innovative, new technologies and methodologies with the potential to transform the management of microbial risk from reactive to predictive and ultimately preventative.
Mycotoxin Risk Management
Our goal is to mitigate and, ultimately, eradicate harmful mycotoxins. We work with strategic partners to generate new knowledge, build capability and develop training, and practical solutions which can be applied to help mitigate risk at vulnerable points in the food supply chain.