Looks like it’s “crunch” time for battling food safety! Nestle recently opened a spiffy new food safety research center in China that’ll help provide a scientific basis for food safety policies and standards. Albeit anything would be more scientific than the current system of scapegoating others to distract the public while nothing is done about the issue:
Nestle said its support will include early management of food-safety issues and collaboration with local universities, research institutes and government agencies on food-safety issues. Additionally, the NFSI will promote scientific communication and help run food-safety training programs.
“The inauguration underlines Nestle’s commitment to food safety and is also another important highlight in the story of Nestle’s successful and long-standing presence in China,” said Stefan Catsicas, chief technology officer for Nestle. “I am in no doubt that the work of the Nestle Food Safety Institute will contribute to creating shared value for Nestle shareholders and for society in China.” Nestle said the NFSI is located in its existing research and development center in Beijing, and it will be linked to the company’s network of 25 quality assurance centers.
Hopefully the center will help make some headway in what’s been a long and arduous struggle against food scandals. If it was the “KFC Food Safety Research Center,” we’d suspect they were just trying to throw the scent of their own food scandal trail.
[Photo via Nestle.com]