Challenges with food waste management in the food cold chains

Nodali Ndraha, Jelena Vlajic, Ching-Cheng Chang, Hsin-I. Hsiao

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Temperature is considered as the most important factor affecting the quality of foods. Improper temperature control and settings in the food cold chain can accelerate the deterioration of food quality, which can leverage the generation of food losses and food waste. Review of literature in this chapter showed that there is a high rate of temperature abuse in the food cold chain which can be caused by many factors, such as poor performance of the equipment, improper handling and poorly implemented food safety or food logistics practices. The improvement of cold chain performance, data transparency, real-time temperature monitoring, and reporting is now enabled thanks to the technological advancements. However, such technologies have not been massively adopted, adapted, and implemented. In addition, there is also an urgent need for an adequate legal requirement and guidelines to govern the time-temperature management in the cold food chain with consideration of monitoring and measurement cost, energy use, economic risk, social impact, environmental issues, and sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Industry Wastes
Subtitle of host publicationAssessment and Recuperation of Commodities
EditorsMaria R. Kosseva, Colin Webb
PublisherElsevier Academic Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128173770
ISBN (Print)9780128171219
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2020


  • temperature abuses
  • refrigerated vehicle
  • cold storage
  • food supply chain
  • food waste
  • food loss
  • food quality
  • cold chain guideline
  • Smart logistics unit
  • Time-Temperature Integrators
  • Internet of things (IoT)-based route planning system
  • FRISBEE system
  • SDG 12.3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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