Dr. Abigail Stevenson called for more collaborative action to improve food safety at the 17th Annual IFC Food Safety Forum
On November 28 and 29, Dr. Abigail Stevenson, Director of the Mars Global Food Safety Center (GFSC) participated in the 17th Annual Food Safety Forum hosted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. During the forum, Abigail provided an opening keynote entitled "The role industry can play in driving safe food" and took part in a discussion panel entitled "Food safety as a shared responsibility" on day two.
The forum brought together retailers, manufactures, government officials and other leaders in the food industry with a shared interest in food safety. The theme of this year's forum was "Better Food Safety, Better Business", and included the rollout of a World Bank's report "The Safe Food Imperative: Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries." (Download the report through: https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/30568)
At the forum, Abigail highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing and collaboration in order to address the most significant food safety challenges impacting the global food supply chain today and the role the private sector can play. She shared the work of the GFSC as an example highlighting the role of the GFSC as a convenor bringing together world experts through external engagement and innovative food safety science.
"The theme 'Better Food Safety, Better Business' provides a great opportunity for Mars to demonstrate how we put our purpose at the heart of our business, investing in the long term and working together with partners to drive mutual benefits across the food supply chain, helping ensure safe food for all" Abigail said.
About the IFC: The international Finance Corporation (IFC) is a member of the World Bank Group that focuses exclusively on private sector development in developing countries. As one of the largest sources of debt, equity and supplier financing in developing countries, Mars and the IFC have intensified their collaboration to secure support for Mars' Sustainable in a Generation Plan and Cocoa for Generations priorities and the social, environmental and economic transformation of our agricultural supply chains.