Robert C Baker
Posted: 23 January 2020 |
Corporate Food Safety Science and Capabilities Director, Mars, Incorporated
Robert Baker is responsible for leading Food Safety Capability building projects including: leading the corporate food safety science strategy in the areas of pathogen management, mycotoxin management, raw material and product authenticity, data optimisation, and applied and operational food safety management, and providing food safety leadership, support, consultation and guidance to various corporate partnerships and collaborations.
Robert started his career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1984, moving to the food industry as a microbiologist. He joined Mars in 1987 and was initially responsible for quality management activities of snack food raw materials and finished products. In 1989, he supported the development of innovative pet care products for Mars’ Germany business through the development of novel preservation techniques and the construction of an on-site microbiology laboratory. Since then, he has held multiple positions of increasing scope and responsibility across his more than 30 years in the area of Quality and Food Safety Management, and is the co-developer of a patent for sterilising low acid foods using Ultra High Pressure. Before his most recent position, he was the Director of the Mars Global Food Safety Center in Beijing, China, accountable for building, staffing and operating the centre as well as co-developing and executing the Corporate Food Safety Science Strategy. He received his B.S. degree in microbiology from Fairleigh Dickenson University and MSc degree in Food Science from Rutgers University. He is a registered microbiologist and a member of several professional organisations.