Australia

Cold chain industry body formed to cut through waste rhetoric

By RJ Whitehead

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Australia's first advocacy group to improve food handling compliance and standards has been established in Queensland.

The Australian Food Cold Chain Council claims to have brought together a “cross-section of the heavyweights​” in manufacturing, food transport, refrigeration and cold chain services.

"The new council is not about promoting an industry: we want to change the industry for the better​," said Mark Mitchell, its interim chairman.

"One of our priorities will be to apply whatever pressure is needed in industry and in government to make sure the existing Australian standards for cold chain food handling are properly followed​.”

He said little has been done to improve the Australian cold chain despite “lots of rhetoric​” by the government and industry players over commitments to waste reduction and compliance.

"Australia's track record in efficient cold food handling, from farm to plate, is far from perfect​,” Mitchell said, adding that 5% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions come from food wastage..

AFCCC directors represent a broad cross-section of the cold chain, including members from Carrier Transicold, SuperCool Australia, SuperCool Australia and Lion.

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