In Australia, an industry-wide training program has been released, aimed at improving the credentials of those responsible for the integrity and safety of Australia’s chilled and frozen food supply. While launched in February this year, the code was given its first public outing at Hort Connections 2021 in Brisbane in June.
The program, the Cold Chain Professional Development Series, is in response to cold chain losses from temperature abuse which have been identified by recent national studies sponsored by the Commonwealth Government. The code has been developed by the Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC).
The first of five Cold Food Codes has been released, with the first online training program of its kind for those who work at the many levels in the cold chain, in transport, distribution centres, loading docks, food industries and retail outlets.
Presenting the code at Hort Connections 2021, AFCCC chairman Mark Mitchell said the code recognised the importance of cold chain practitioners who need the necessary tools and training to help keep food resources safe with minimal food loss and waste.