Do not Waste Food in France, It’s a Crime – France first in the world to have a Law against Food waste

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Wasting Food in France a crime,as France has became the first country in the world to pass a law requiring supermarkets to donate excess Food or near expiry Food to needy and Food Banks.

It has been estimated that France was the 4th in the list of Big offenders in this section after Great Britain,Germany,Netherlands.

But now they are the pioneer for protection of Food wastage. In March 2016, France became the first country in the world to place a national ban on food waste in supermarkets. Food that is considered “unsaleable” but still safe to eat (ex. approaching its sell by or best by date) must now be donated to food banks and charities, and stores that fail to comply will face hefty fines of €3,750.

The law also makes it illegal for stores to pour bleach or water over nearly expired food, or store it inside locked warehouses until it is picked up by garbage trucks. These extreme measures are often undertaken by supermarkets to prevent the hungry from foraging through the trash bins.

Though that may appear cruel, the stores claim they do it to avoid potential food poisoning that could occur if the product is way past its expiry. Supermarkets that do not obey the new law face the risk of hefty fines.

A picture from leading IT Giant TCS in India trying to build awareness as a good will mission. All should follow such initiatives to protect Food Wastage.

 

Photo Credit : http://www.foodbev.com/

*TCS Picture is from a Facebook by Bengaluru resident Sahiba Singh on May 4. The post has been shared at least 38,000 times so far and counting.