New platform aims to cut food waste

30 November 2016

The European Commission is launching a new drive to reduce food waste within the EU.

One part of the campaign will focus on developing a common EU methodology to measure food waste while another will focus on establishing an EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, which brings together member states and the food supply chain.

The commission estimates that around 88m tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU, amounting to around 20% of all food produced and costing €143bn. 

A major aim of the new methodology will be to allow the EU’s member states to measure food waste levels consistently.

New waste legislation requires members to reduce food waste at each stage of the food supply chain, monitor food waste levels and report back in order to facilitate exchange between actors on progress made.

The commission is also calling for measures to facilitate food donation and examining ways to improve the use of “best before” labels.

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