Food industry employees can soon look forward to a new food specialisation module which will focus on food safety, innovative food processing and food sustainability, among other things.
Available from January 2014, it will come under the Singapore Workforce Development Agency's (WDA) Workforce Skills Qualifications framework.
The new specialisation track was announced by Minister for Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang at the opening ceremony of the three-day 13th Asean Food Conference at the Singapore Expo. The event is being attended by food industry experts from 28 different countries.
Referring to the recent international food scares, Mr Lim called for regional food companies to improve their food safety standards while still keeping prices competitive. Mr Lim also noted the importance of foods promote health or prevent diseases, or functional foods, pointing out that the Asian market for such foods has grown 40 per cent between 2002 and 2011, and the global market will likely grow by another 20 per cent to $38 billion by 2014.