Food waste: hefty fines for companies that don't comply with the law!

Food waste is a major issue in many countries, and measures are gradually being put in place to combat this scourge. In France, for example, a law has been passed banning the destruction of unsold food by supermarkets. But despite these measures, some players continue to waste large quantities of food, to the detriment of the environment and people in need.

Food waste, a global problem

According to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), around a third of the food produced in the world is lost or wasted every year. This represents an economic loss of $940 billion, and contributes to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hefty fines for companies that break the law!
Faced with this alarming situation, several countries have decided to penalize companies that waste food with fines. In the UK, for example, supermarkets can be fined up to £20 million (around €23 million) if found guilty of food waste. In Italy, companies can be fined up to 150,000 euros for every tonne of food wasted. In Spain, the government has introduced a fine of up to 60,000 euros.

Fines for food waste in France

Fines for food waste in France
What happens in France? Well, companies with over 100 employees must implement a plan to combat food waste, or face fines of up to 75,000 euros. And yes, the French authorities don't mess around with food waste! But this seems to be bearing fruit, as initiatives to avoid food waste are multiplying, among both private individuals and professionals.

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Raising awareness and taking action to combat food waste

It is therefore important to continue raising awareness of food waste among businesses and the general public, and to encourage more sustainable practices. Fines provide an incentive for companies, but this must be accompanied by measures to prevent and recover food waste, in order to reduce waste at source.

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