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Flaws In France’s Food Waste Law Are Glaring

March 24, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
France’s year-old food waste law, which targeted supermarkets with fines for throwing out food that was edible or useable as animal feed, has been ineffective so far, according to consumer group QueChoisir. One key problem is a lack of government support across the supply chain. Supermarkets who have contracts with charities need better redistribution services, i.e., transportation services for collection and delivery of discarded food at the right times. They also need cooling facilities for the food, but these are expensive. The result? In the province of Isère, more than 75 percent of surplus foods never reach partner charities. The law also failed to set a minimum amount of surplus for donation. A supermarket that gives even one percent of its surplus food is in compliance. [ Image credit: © Wikipedia  ]
Louis Gore-Langton, "France's Food Waste Ban: One Year On", FOODnavigator.com, March 24, 2017, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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