Mars Kicked off Year Long Learning Program-Identifying and Mitigating Risks

In August 2017 the Mars GFSC launched a year-long program designed to train food safety practitioners on how to conduct quantitative food safety risk analysis.

With the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the US, which aims to build a food safety system for the future, making modern, science- and risk-based preventive controls the norm across all sectors of the food system, the need to conduct scientific, systematic risk analysis is becoming ever more important. To help ensure that Mars and other organizations are ready for this new development, the Mars GFSC, together with the University of Maryland’s Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) developed a global training program to share knowledge and enhance skills around risk analysis.

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The program is being led by world-renowned risk assessment subject matter experts Dr. Robert Buchanan and Dr. Clare Narrod from JIFSAN. The program includes expert training and six months of one-on-one tuition with the experts where participants apply their new skills to a relevant, real-life project being run by them in their organization.

In total, 14 scientists, technologists, researchers and risk assessors from Mars and other organizations including the World Food Program (WFP), the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) signed up for this flagship program. Two further face-to-face training events and remote mentoring will continue over the next year.