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France orders supermarkets to give away unsold food to charities under a new law

Food wastage is getting out of hand these days, but the French national assembly has just voted unanimously to pass legislation that forces supermarkets to give away unsold food to charities (or for animal feed) to make sure nothing goes to waste.

This new law bars supermarkets from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten. Instead, stores of 400 sqm or more will have to sign contracts with charities to give away their food, starting in July 2016. If stores don’t comply they could face fines of up to $108,000 or two years in jail.

‘It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods’, said the Socialist deputy Guillaume Garot.

The law will also introduce an education program in schools and businesses about food waste. Fantastic news! Considering 1.3bn tonnes of food is wastes every single year, this is definitely a small step, but in the right direction.

Via The Guardian

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