The Australian Food Cold Chain Council (AFCCC) was established at a meeting in Queensland on 7 August, 2017, attended by a cross section of senior figures in manufacturing, food transport, refrigeration and cold chain services.
That meeting unanimously formed Australia's first advocacy group to improve compliance and standards in the handling of food at all levels of the cold chain.
Against a mounting background of community pressure about the costs and environmental damage of food wastage, this new Council sees itself as an important part of the solution, encouraging innovation, compliance, waste reduction and safety across the Australian food cold chain.
'The new Council is not about promoting an industry – we want to change the industry for the better.' – Interim chair Mr Mark Mitchell
'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 added.
'There's lots of rhetoric in government programs, associations and among food handlers and suppliers about commitments to food waste reduction and cold chain compliance. Little, however, is being done at any level about improving the cold chain, and ensuring that standards are followed. Australia's track record in efficient cold food handling, from farm to plate, is far from perfect,' Mr Mitchell said.
The AFCCC wants to be seen as a high quality, industry-focused, extremely capable and responsible advisory and lobbying group at government, industry and consumer levels.
It will establish knowledge sharing and supporting relationships with:
AFCCC exists to help improve cold food management standards, and is committed to innovation and actions that can limit food wastage at all levels of the cold chain.
It proposes to be the go-to source for government, industry, consumers and media seeking independent news and information about cold chain issues in Australia and internationally.