In today's retail industry, particularly in the cold chain management environment; there is a lack of cold chain management standards for perishable food products along the cold chain. In the absence of such a standard, there is always a potential danger of food contamination resulting from frequent breaches along the links of the cold chain.
Hence, proper management of every link of the cold chain constitutes an integral part in the production and delivery of wholesome perishable food products to the consumers. Any breaches along the links of the chain would be hazardous and pose a serious threat to the health of consumers.
In view of the importance of preserving the freshness and nutritional values of perishable food products at all times; ECR Singapore, has undertaken the role to drive the implementation project of cold chain management for milk and dairy products with support from SPRING Singapore and participation from the industry. The main objective is to create awareness on the importance of the implementation of cold chain management for milk and dairy products that leads to increased productivity ultimately. The Singapore Standard CP95 : 2002 Code of Practice for Cold Chain Management - Milk and Dairy Products was hence developed and all retailers and suppliers are implementing this standard.
With the successful implementation of cold chain management of milk and dairy products, the industry has approached SPRING Singapore to develop a Technical Reference on cold chain management for chilled pork particularly for chilled pork arriving by air from exporting countries to the de-boning centres in Singapore. Hence, a Working Group on cold chain management of chilled pork was formed under the umbrella of SPRING Singapore, in collaboration with ECR Singapore and the industry. As there were no international standards available on cold chain management for chilled pork, the Technical Reference for Cold Chain Management of Chilled Pork would be developed based on overseas standards incorporating some local requirements and regulations. The establishment of such a cold chain management standard for chilled pork is essential for upholding the safety of consumers and protecting public health. This has further led to the establishment of a Singapore Cold Chain Centre in collaboration with the Australian Cold Chain Centre.
Scope of Singapore Cold Chain Centre
The Singapore Cold Chain Centre is set up by the Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and intended
to be a resource centre for Singapore and the Asian region with the mission to provide technical expertise in the cold chain management within the manufacturing process as well as in the cold chain management for logistics;
to perform research and standards development in collaboration with government agencies such as the Standards Department of SPRING Singapore, Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA);
to be a certification body to accredit trainers and certify courses, workshops and seminars on cold chain management in Singapore.
to conduct training courses on cold chain management in manufacturing process and cold chain management in logistics;
to collaborate with the South Australian Cold Chain Centre in such areas and
to collaborate with international bodies on cold chain management matters.
The Singapore Manufacturers' Federation, through its division, the GS1 Singapore which is the secretariat of ECR Singapore has been actively participating in the committee set up by SPRING Singapore to develop a Singapore standard for cold chain management of chilled and frozen products (the "Singapore Standard"). This Singapore Standard being developed shall make reference to the cold chain standard of Australia, the British standard and the CODEX standard incorporating local requirements.
The Cold Chain Centre to be located in SMF/GS1 Singapore will be the resource centre for standards and technology for cold chain management for manufacturing process and for logistics of a wide range of products including milk and dairy products, chilled pork products, frozen meat products, chilled fruits and vegetables. This Cold Chain Centre shall be built with technical assistance from the Department of Transport & Urban Planning of the Government of South Australia.
This Cold Chain Centre will also collaborate with the industry and Institute for Higher Learning in the areas of cold chain management.
Composition of Singapore Cold Chain Centre
The Singapore Cold Chain Centre will be housed in SMF premise. It will be administered by GS1 Singapore, the secretariat of ECR Singapore.
Mr Tng Ah Yiam
Director of Integrated Purchasing
NTUC Fairprice Co-operative Ltd
NTUC Fairprice, Cold Storage, Carrefour, Watsons
Malaysia Dairy Industries, Unilever, Yakult Singapore, Li Chuan Food Products Pte Ltd
Representing Deboning Centres
SFI, J. Logistics
Representing Importers of chilled & frozen products
Tiong Lian Food Supplier
Representing Manufacturers and Importers of Pharmaceutical Products
Representing Suppliers, Importers and Distributors of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Representing Suppliers, Importers and Distributors of Food & Beverage Products
Diethelm Singapore Pte Ltd, Auric Pacific Food Industries Pte Ltd
Representing Logistic Suppliers
SIA Cargo, Changi International Airport Services, WLNA, Maersk Line, Pacific International Lines, PSA Corp
Representing Equipment Suppliers
Far East Refrigeration
Meat Traders Association, Consumers Association of Singapore
Representing Government Agencies
IDA , AVA, EDB, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, National Environment Agency, South Australian Government