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Friday, 22 March 2013

The EESC calls for an end to food waste in the EU

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls in its opinion on Prevention and reduction of food waste (adopted on 20 March 2013) on the European Commission to take steps to counter food waste, and to make the prevention and reduction of food losses and food an EU-wide policy.
Food waste amounts to 89 million tonnes (up to 30% of food) a year in the EU, while 79 million EU citizens live below the poverty line.
The EESC thus asks for a coordinated strategy at European level, combining EU-wide and national measures, to improve the efficiency of the food supply and consumption chains and to tackle food wastage as a matter of urgency.
Some the recommended solutions are: Developing platforms for exchanging experience on combating food waste, and passing on existing examples of good practices, such as: channelling products from the food retail and catering sectors to food banks, initiatives on taxation, discharge of liability for donors or removal of administrative constraints are a few actions already successfully implemented in some EU countries and regions.

Source: European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)