Cold Chain Lack of refrigeration results in a loss of 13% of food
The 6th IIR informatory note draws on the latest figures, findings from reputable organisations such as the FAO, the United Nations and the Global Cold Chain Alliance to demonstrate the essential role that efficient cold chains can play in improving global food security.
An update of previous versions published by the IIR in November 1996 and June 2009, this note aims to emphasise the importance of refrigeration by proving that a more efficient cold chain can significantly reduce food losses and thus improve food safety and security in a sustainable way. In this respect, it provides a series of recommendations with the aim of supporting efforts at national and international levels to implement appropriate measures in order to fulfil global commitments.
Some key figures:
• over 13% of all food is lost due to a lack of refrigeration
• an improved cold chain could feed 950 mill. inhabitants per year
• more than 1,600 mill. t of food are lost and wasted every year
• 63% of all food losses come from developing countries.
The International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR) is an independent intergovernmental science and technology-based organisation promoting refrigeration knowledge and associated technologies that improve quality of life in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner including.
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