Wednesday, February 10, 2016

French Law on Unsold Food

Supermarkets in France have been banned from throwing away or spoiling unsold food by law. The stores are now required to donate unwanted food to charities and food banks.
 
To stop foragers, some supermarkets have poured bleach over the discarded food or storing binned food in locked warehouses.
 
This law was voted unanimously by the French senate on February 03, 2016 after a petition was launched by Courbevoie councilor Arash Derambarsh.
 
It will apply to any supermarket with a footprint of 400 square meters or larger. If companies flout the law they could incur fines up to €3750.
 
Jacques Bailet from Banques Alimentaires, a network of Food banks, told UK’s Guardian: "Most importantly, because supermarkets will be obliged to sign a donation deal with charities, we’ll be able to increase the quality and diversity of food we get and distribute”.
 
It is plain that this is important for food banks because they can now directly access quality products.
 
Already, Derambarsh is now looking to get an EU-wide law banning supermarket food waste.
 
And that’s not all. We also need to fight food waste in restaurants, hotels, bakeries, canteens and other eateries.

This is very true:
 
 

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