Cool Chain Association chairman appeal:

Air cargo community should create its own supply chain standard

The air cargo community should drive its own standard for perishables without waiting for other groups and agencies to establish them. This is according to Stavros Evangelakakis, Cool Chain Association (CCA) Chairman and Global Product Manager Healthcare & Perishable, Cargolux.

At the “World without Food Waste – what can air cargo deliver?” conference in Luxembourg this week, attendees learned that a lack of accountability is contributing to the 1.3 billion tons of food being wasted along the supply chain every year. This equates to one third of all food produced.

Collaboration, transparency, and data sharing, as well as training for perishables growers and better facilities are needed to inject quality into a fragmented and disconnected supply chain, speakers explained at the two-day event, which brought together cool chain industry leaders from around the globe.

"We should aim for quality, we should not wait for other agencies to come up with standards, we should look internally and act now," said Evangelakakis. "A standard in perishables should be something akin to the standards in pharmaceuticals, and over the next two years as Chairman I am going to push for that.”

The Cool Chain Association. Left to right:Vijan Chetty, Edwin Kalischnig,
Eric Mauroux, Sebastiaan Scholte, Stavros Evangelakakis, Fabrizio Iacobacci, Gerton Hulsman and Nathan de Valck.

The information needed for the supply chain to improve is already there, said keynote speaker Philippe Schuler, Food Waste Prevention Consultant – CCA Researcher in perishable cool chains. quoted Schuler as saying: “The information needs to be made accessible. When we all start to have access to the data, we can start to solve the problems."

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