New standards for frozen food storage and transport at S’pore to strengthen the cold chain ecosystem, Consumer News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – New standards for the storage and transportation of refrigerated and frozen foods have been launched, the Singapore Standards Council (SSC) announced on Friday (October 1).

The standards will strengthen Singapore’s cold chain ecosystem by improving the management of refrigerated and frozen foods, which include prepackaged foods, meat, vegetables and eggs.

It comes as supermarkets have seen a 20% increase in demand for frozen food, as Singaporeans continue to stay at home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Overseen by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Standards Development Organization (SMFSDO) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), the standards will ensure consumers are guaranteed safe, fresh and quality products.

This new set of standards, called SS 668: 2020 Cold Chain Management for Chilled and Frozen Foods, will define organizational goals, policies and technical requirements that are essential to the process of cold chain management for food products. , said SSC.

Companies adopting the standards will need to monitor the time-temperature profile throughout the cold chain, which begins from processing establishments through transport to warehouses and chillers at retail outlets.

This helps businesses better manage the risk of food spoilage and, in turn, generate long-term cost savings.

Ms. Chong Nyet Chin, Director of Food Safety and Quality at NTUC FairPrice, said: “FairPrice welcomes the country’s evolution towards a more sustainable food chain and ecosystem through the implementation of the new standards. integrated cold chain for fresh produce and packaged food. .

“The new standards will not only help us optimize the reliability and efficiency of our cold chain processes, but they will also contribute to our sustainability goals by reducing food waste and further strengthening our commitment to providing fresh food. and quality to our customers. “

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