As part of efforts to strengthen Nestlé's food safety research in China, the company has opened a food safety research centre in Beijing.
The Nestlé Food Safety Institute (NFSI) will work closely with authorities to help provide the scientific foundation for food safety policies and standards. The support will include early management of food safety issues and collaboration with local universities, research institutes and government agencies on food safety issues.
It will also promote scientific communication and help run food safety training programmes.
The NFSI was unveiled by Nestlé CEO Paul Bulcke, Dr Chen Junshi of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Swiss Ambassador Jean-Jacques De Dardel. It is located in Nestlé's existing Research and Development Centre in Beijing, part of the company's global network of 34 R&D and Product Technology Centres.
It will also be linked to Nestlé's network of 25 Quality Assurance Centres, the final stage of a food safety assurance system that begins when raw materials arrive in the factories and continues throughout the production process.
Nestlé has the world's largest private food and nutrition research organisation, with about 5,000 people involved in R&D, as well as numerous research partnerships with business partners and universities. This includes the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, which employs over 200 scientists dedicated to food safety and quality and whose facilities include 20 microbiology safety labs that are among the most advanced in the food industry.
Source: Nestlé SA