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Retailers and wholesalers today called on national governments and the EU to make it easier to reduce food waste and increase food donation. While all parties in the food chain have a responsibility, and therefore a role to play, in solving this global problem, governments need to help as well. Europeans throw away more than 88 million tonnes of food every year. If there is no action to change this, food waste could rise to over 120 million tonnes by 2020. Christian Verschueren, Director-General of EuroCommerce, said: “It is a scandal, both environmentally and socially, that wholesome food goes to waste. We call upon the EU and national governments to look carefully at their rules and help address the obstacles holding us all back from exploiting the potential for moving closer to eliminating food waste.”Read more
Representatives of EUWEP, Copa & Cogeca, AVEC and EuroCommerce today called upon the European Commission to look urgently at the current rules on how long poultry flocks might be kept indoors before losing their free range status.Read more
Speaking at a debate today organised by MEP Angelique Delahaye (FR, EPP) ahead of the European Parliament vote on more ambitious action on food waste, Lettemieke Mulder, Director Sustainability & Product Policy at EuroCommerce, said:
“Wholesome food going to waste is a scandal, both environmentally and socially, and what’s more, it makes no economic sense. There is no silver bullet to solve these problems at a stroke. We need a package of smart, complementary measures, both legislative and voluntary, to incentivise positive action. One good example is the Italian law adopted last year, which simplifies the food donation process, and allows municipalities to reduce waste taxes.”Read more
EuroCommerce warned that a proposed new Bulgarian draft Food Act could lead to less competition, denying consumers in Bulgaria a choice of goods, and raising prices. The proposed law, which has been notified to the European Commission would require all food sold in Bulgaria to have original packaging printed in Bulgarian, and prohibit retailers or importers adding the required information in Bulgarian being added later to existing packaging as is common practice in other countries.Read more