Singapore sets new standards for cold chain ecosystem


Singapore is adopting new standards for storing and transporting chilled and frozen food, according to the Singapore Standards Council (SSC). The standards are aimed at strengthening the island’s cold chain ecosystem by improving management of chilled and frozen food, which includes pre-packaged food, meat, vegetables and eggs.

Increase in frozen food demand

The move was initiated as supermarkets observed a 20% increase in demand for frozen food, with Singaporeans continuing to stay home amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new series of standards called ‘SS 668: 2020 – Cold chain management of chilled and frozen foods’, will set out organisational goals, policies and technical requirements that are key to the cold chain management process for food products, said SSC.

A CS Fresh butcher’s counter in Singapore, where frozen food demand has increased due to the pandemic movement restrictions.

Overseen by Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation – Standards Development Organisation (SMF-SDO) and the Singapore Food Agency, the standards ensures that consumers receive safe, fresh and quality products.

However, it will not be made mandatory for the timebeing but businesses are encouraged to attain the certification for competitive advantage.

A-Z monitoring

Businesses that adopt the standards will need to monitor the time-temperature profile along the entire cold chain, which commences from the processing establishments to the transportation to warehouses and chillers at retail outlets.

This will help them better manage risk of food spoilage and consequently generate cost-savings in the longer term.

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