French supermarkets have been banned from throwing out or spoiling unsold food, with deals being signed together with charities to bring the leftovers to those who need it most.
The move follows another recent attempt to tackle the issues of food waste in the country, coming in the form of ‘doggy bags’ being offered to restaurant-goers who don’t leave an empty plate.
With 4.7 million in the UK living in ‘food poverty’, it’s argued that the time has come for a similar measure to be brought in not just across this country, but EU-wide.
Fines of up to €3750 are reserved for any supermarkets which choose not to follow this new law, with the change hoped to improve not just the quantity, but the diversity of the resources available to such charities.
In 2012/2013, 347,000 Brits relied on food banks, almost double the number recorded a year earlier. Worrying statistics such as these have served only to strengthen the case for the UK’s supermarkets offering their unsold goods to charitable causes.
It’s alleged that a number of France’s supermarkets had been pouring bleach over their wasted food, whilst others are thought to have been keeping the unsold goods locked away in nearby storage facilities.
With 3 new foodbanks opening every day in the UK, surely it’s time to follow the French and adopt a similar approach to a crisis which continues to escalate?