French food waste bill voted in unanimously - again

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French food waste bill voted in unanimously - again
France’s law to cut food waste, which includes forcing supermarkets to give all unsold food to charity, has been voted in –again – after it was scrapped on a technicality in August this year.

The law will require all supermarkets larger than 400m​to give edible food to charity for human or animal consumption, or face a fine. The practice of pouring bleach over unsold but edible food will also be prohibited.

Guillaume Garot of the Socialist party said the text would allow France to build a legal framework against food waste, becoming the most proactive country in Europe.

Meanwhile Jean-Pierre Decool, who put forward an amended version of the bill​ after the Constitutional Council threw it out on a technicality, said: “Throwing away one baguette is like emptying out a full bathtub, throwing away a kilo of beef is 15,000 litres of water wasted.” 

It will now go before the Senate, which is expected to vote it in rapidly.

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