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French Government Forced Supermarkets to Give Unsold Food to Charity

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Published on : May 26, 2015

The national assembly of France has vowed a campaign on the wastage of food in the nation by passing a law to stop supermarkets from obliterating unsold food. In spite of destroying food, the super market chains are now enforced to give away the old food to charities or find a way to use these foods somewhere else.

The deputy chief of the Socialist Party said that it was shocking to see bleach poured into the dustbins in the supermarkets along with edible foods. The legislation has now banned supermarkets from destroying left-over food purposely.

All supermarkets with a track equal to or more than 400 square meters will have to sign contracts with the charities and organizations making provision for the unsold food or will have to face fines.

French officials anticipate that individuals waste almost 20 to 30 kg of food every year that equates to nearly US$21.80 billion (NZ$30 billion). An educational program is also planned to be introduced into schools and businesses to inform the French public in a better fashion about the wastage of food under the new law.

In February, 2015 the authorities in France detached the best-before labels on fresh foods to stop them from being thrown away too early. The French federation for commerce and distribution that advocates on the behalf of the supermarkets has criticized this strategy. The head of the organization stated the law was mistaken.

He added that the larger chains were accountable for only 5% of the total wastage of food in France and that they were already the largest donors. He also said that around 4,500 of the shops had already made agreements with aid groups.