The AIP, in partnership with the Australian Food Cold Chain Council, have developed a new training course that will provide an introduction to the role of packaging in the cold chain. To be held on-line on the 15th of September all of industry are invited to attend. The lecturer will be Prof Pierre Pienaar MSc, FAIP, CPP, Education Director - Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) and President - World Packaging Organisation (WPO).
We need to build a better reputation of managing fresh food supply and delivery, at all levels of the cold chain. Cold chain integrity is somewhat lacking and sadly excessive food losses are common. Improving the cold supply chain can assist halving food loss and waste by 2030. Preliminary and conservative estimates put the cost of food loss and waste within the cold food chain at $3.8 billion at farm gate values.
We need to gain an understanding of the extent and the costs of food loss and waste in the cold chain and set up systems for opportunities for improvement. Lack of understanding of the importance of temperature is one of the main reasons for food loss and waste across the cold chain. With the greatest risks for perishable food occurring during transportation and handling between mobile and stationary refrigeration points. There are sometimes significant temperature variations between truck or trailer, loading docks, and storage facilities.
Become familiar with the causes of food loss and waste in the cold chain to help improve Australia and New Zealand’s cold chain processes and standards. Those of us that are involved in packaging – primary, secondary and tertiary - need to work towards a universally adopted code to help all cold chain practitioners lift their compliance record.