BEIJING — Nestle SA has added to its global network of 34 R&D and product technology centers with the opening of a food-safety research center in Beijing. The Nestle Food Safety Institute will work with authorities in China to provide the scientific foundation for food safety policies and standards.

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.

Nestle has the world’s largest private-food and nutrition-research organization, with approximately 5,000 people involved in R&D, as well as numerous research partnerships with business partners and universities.