France Passes Law Prohibiting Supermarket Food Waste

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France became the first country in the world to pass a law that prohibits food waste by supermarkets and mandates them to donate surplus stock to food banks and charities. The bill was passed on Wednesday 3rd February, 2016. At the moment, French supermarkets and supermarkets elsewhere throw away unsold food items nearing expiration. In order to keep homeless people away from rummaging through garbage for food, supermarkets often destroy the food as well. All of this is going to stop in France under this law.

Everyday A large Amount Of Food Is Discarded And Wasted By Supermarkets Photo stuff.co.nz
Everyday A large Amount Of Food Is Discarded And Wasted By Supermarkets Photo stuff.co.nz

The law came into being thanks to the efforts of councilor Arash Derambarsh who filed a petition. If found guilty under the new law, supermarket owners may face 2 years in jail or a 75,000 USD penalty. For people who are fighting food wastage, the war is far from over. According to Jacques Bailet, who heads a network of charitable food banks, “This battle is only just beginning. We now have to fight food waste in restaurants, bakeries, school canteens and company canteens.”

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  • Food waste is a lose-lose situation for the environment, the struggling families in today’s tough economy and for the food retailers. Fortunately, there are new ways to reduce fresh food waste.

    The new open GS1 DataBar barcode standard enables new food waste reduction applications that allow automatic progressive purchasing incentives for fresh perishables approaching their expiration dates. These applications also eliminate labor-intensive manual relocation and promotional labeling of the promoted perishable lots.

    An example of such an application is the “End Grocery Waste” App. This GS1 DataBar based application encourages efficient consumer shopping behavior that makes fresh food affordable for all families, maximizes grocery retailer revenue, and effectively reduces the global carbon footprint.

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