FDBusiness.com

Cutting Food Waste in the EU

 Breaking News
  • EU Agri-food Exports are Holding Strong The value of EU agri-food exports reached €137.9 billion in 2017, corresponding to a sustained increase by 5.1% in value terms compared to 2016. Published by the European Commission, the latest monthly trade report details the export values for different sectors and origin. Major gains in annual values have been achieved in agri-food exports to the USA [...]...
  • Danone Continues to Make Solid Progress With Strong 2017 Results Danone has posted consolidated sales of €24.68 billion for 2017, up by 2.5% on a ‘like-for-like New Danone’ basis (reflecting the integration of the WhiteWave acquisition), including a 3.9% rise in value showing continued mix and value enhancement in all business sectors, which offset a 1.4% decline in volume. Full-year reported sales were up 12.5% [...]...
  • Nestlé Reports Weak Sales But Margins Improve Nestlé has reported a 0.4% increase in sales to SFr89.8 billion (€77.7 billion) for 2017. Net divestments reduced sales by 1.9%, largely related to the creation of the Froneri ice cream joint venture. Foreign exchange had a minimal negative impact of 0.1%. Organic growth was 2.4%, with 1.6% of real internal growth (RIG) and pricing [...]...
  • Customized Ingredient Solutions are the Way to More and Better Gluten-free Bakery DuPont Nutrition & Health has announced the results of a consumer survey where consumers in four key European markets were asked about their attitudes to gluten-free bakery products. The survey results have revealed untapped potential for bakers to develop more and better-quality products with extra nutritional benefits. While only an estimated 1 percent of the population [...]...
  • Leading Retailers Join the UK’s Big Plastics Debate Coca Cola, Co-Op, Asda, Marks & Spencer and Iceland will come together under one roof for the first time at Packaging Innovations 2018, to talk about the UK’s hottest topic – plastics in packaging. These leading brands will form a panel, as part of the show’s Big Plastics Debate, discussing the road ahead for packaging [...]...

Cutting Food Waste in the EU

Cutting Food Waste in the EU
May 26
09:49 2017

MEPs are supporting efforts to halve food waste in the EU by 2030, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ labels.

“In developed countries food is wasted mostly at the end of the chain, at distribution and consumption. Everyone has a responsibility to tackle this problem,” says lead MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D, HR). “My report calls for a coordinated policy response on labelling, liability and education, as most consumers do not understand the precise meaning of ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ labelling. Moreover, we should address the shortcomings of existing EU legislation where it hinders food donations.” Her resolution was adopted recently by 623 votes to 33, with 20 abstentions.

MEPs are calling on EU countries to achieve food waste cuts of 30% by 2025 and a further 50% by 2030 (compared to 2014) – an objective Parliament introduced in waste legislation voted in March.

National authorities and stakeholders should do more to help consumers to understand ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ labels, including the fact that food can be eaten after the ‘best before’ date. The Commission will have to assess the possible benefits of removing certain dates for products without any risk to public health or the environment.

The Commission should also propose a change in the VAT Directive that would explicitly authorise tax exemptions on food donations. The EU Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) should be used to finance the cost of collecting, transporting, storing and distributing food donations.

In the EU, food waste has been estimated at some 88 million tonnes, or 173 kg per capita per year. The production and disposal of this food waste leads to the emission of 170 million tonnes of CO2 and consumes 26 million tonnes of resources.

About Author

mike

mike

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • February 25, 2018fish international
  • February 27, 2018Warsaw Gastro Show
  • February 27, 2018Int'l Food Fair
  • February 28, 2018GAST
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements