Mars Addresses the United Nations on Food Safety and Security at International Nutrition Conference
From 3bl Media
Dave Crean, Mars, Incorporated’s Vice President of Corporate Research and Development attended the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) highlighting the scale of food safety issues across the globe, the role of food safety in providing global access to sufficient amounts of safe, nutritious food, and how industry leadership and collaboration can help tackle global malnutrition. The conference, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) was the most significant meeting regarding food security and nutrition in two decades.
Dave described the ‘scale and pervasiveness’ of food safety problems, which can come from a number of sources including contamination of crops, processing issues, and even adulteration in the global food supply chain, and the serious and far-reaching impacts that unsafe foods continue to have across the developed and developing world.
“Ensuring food is safe is arguably one of the biggest, most fundamental public health challenges of our time… food safety problems continue to have a devastating impact across the world. There is overwhelming evidence linking food safety issues to economic and human development. Often businesses have the tools, capabilities and the expertise to impact food safety and therefore food security solutions. Not only are we well placed to help raise the standard on food safety globally but we have a responsibility to collaborate with regulators, researchers and NGOs to make it happen.”
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