Pact against food waste bears fruit

The voluntary Agreement for the Prevention of Food Waste concluded last year between the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism and food companies has already led to a substantial reduction in food waste.

This encouraging result was revealed in the first report presented on 14 September 2018 at the Ministry. The report documents that the companies participating in the Pact nearly doubled the volume they handled, doling out 12,250 tonnes of foodstuff fit to be eaten to social welfare institutions last year. What is more, 10,000 tonnes in unsalable food was processed as animal feed or used for feed production.

Besides dealing out food, other activities included training courses to raise food handling awareness among employees, the marketing of quality class II fruits and vegetables, discounts on bread from the previous day or a reduction in the number of fresh products offered before closing time.

The purpose of these activities is to meet the target put up by the EU of halving avoidable food waste by 2030.

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published at 25.11.2019, Kommunikation und Service (Abteilung Präs. 5)