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Published on : May 26, 2015

The World Food Center in China is set to be the central office for the co-ordination of R&D and training activities in the field of food safety for many of the Joint Research Centers of China and United States spread across the nation. A unit for the center is being developed in a recently created economic zone in Guangdong province of Zhuhai, a region famous for its economic vitality, technology industry, and nearness to Hong Kong.

Mr. Roger Beachy, the executive director of the UC Davis World Food Center stated that China has given an extremely high priority to enhancing the safety of the food and reinstating confidence in the consumers here and across the globe. They have planned to measure success by the decreased incidence of perilous foods in China in forthcoming years.

Mr. Ralph Hexter, provost at UC Davis and the executive vice chancellor at Wang Qingli and the vice mayor of Zhuhai, and Mr. Beachy signed the official document. The Mayor, Mr. Jiang Ling addressed to media with opening remarks, and Mr. Zhang Laiwu, the vice minister in the Ministry of Science and Technology, China attended the event. The representatives from the U.S. FDA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation also attended the occasion.

An additional professor at UC Davis, Mr. Zhongli Pan, will serve as the director of the center. The city of Zhuhai is donating the first US$2.5 million to the center for the foremost projects.