France to ban supermarkets from throwing away food
A man takes a yogurt pack from a refrigerator in a supermarket in Paris, Thursday, March 12, 2015. (AP / Michel Euler)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, February 5, 2016 11:55AM EST
PARIS -- French supermarkets will be forbidden from destroying unsold food and encouraged to donate to charities or farms instead as part of a national campaign against food waste.
The senate approved the bill this week, following a lower house vote last year.
Big supermarket chains must donate goods no longer fit for sale to charities or farms for use as animal feed or compost. That includes goods packaged incorrectly or damaged, but remain edible, or that are past a recommended use-by date but are safe to eat. Foods that are past a firm expiration date would go to farms.
Environmental groups have welcomed the vote, in a country where it is estimated that 44 to 66 pounds of food are wasted per person each year.