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New Bill in France Bans Supermarkets from Destroying Food

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Published on : May 27, 2015

A recent legislation passed by the parliament of France forbids the supermarket of the country to destroy the foods which remain unsold. Instead the parliament has urged the supermarkets to instead donate the food to charities or farms, as a part of the nation’s campaign against food waste. 

The amendment was approved by the lower house of the French Parliament, National Assembly on Thursday. It is a part of a larger environmental bill. However, the overall bill will appear in front of the Assembly on Tuesday, and then will be passed on to the senate. As per opinion leaders, the bill is expected to be passed in both the parliament houses. 

Once legislated, the bill will mandate the big supermarkets to donate the food which they think is no longer fit for sale to charities or farms where it can be used as compost or animal feed. The bill includes food which were packaged incorrectly or damaged, but has remained edible, or has passed the use-by-dates date but is still not dangerous and is okay to be eaten. The food however, which has passed the expiry date specified by the firm will go to the farms and not charities. 

Other measures which have been proposed under the bill include steps suggested to curb food waste in school cafeterias. Speaking on the same, lawmakers suggested that the school students should be educated about how they can reduce wastage in their kitchen. Moreover, the lawmakers also urged that the expiry date on food which isn’t perishable must be abolished. 

The bill is whole-heartedly welcomed by the environmental groups in the country that witness almost 20 to 30 kilos of food wasted every year by per person.