Food Industry Supply Chains Should Be Audited To Cut Food Waste

16-05-13(3)picThe food industry should be required to audit its supply chains to cut down on waste, campaigners have urged.

This is Rubbish (TiR) has published a new report calling for more transparency in the system, to shift part of the blame from individual households.

Counting What Matters explores the potential for food waste audits in order to reduce waste in the food supply chain.

TiR – “Industry food waste is an issue in need of urgent action, yet report findings show there is a need for further research into the shape and implementation of audit.”

The report states that households are usually blamed for the UK’s food waste mountain, but TIS says the reality is that the food industry is responsible for generating over half of the 18-20m tonnes of food wasted every year.

Attempts to control waste associated with the production, processing, transport and sale of food have been hampered by lack of transparent data on where, how and why waste happens in the supply chain.

TiR believes a requirement for large food businesses to audit food waste would close this knowledge gap and strengthen preventative policies and action.

“Our research shows that there is more support for the proposal from the industry than previously believed,” is stated.

“Industry food waste is an issue in need of urgent action, yet report findings show there is a need for further research into the shape and implementation of audit.”

TiR recommends three key immediate actions:

  • strengthen existing voluntary agreements, including Courtauld Commitment 3 – apply separate targets for industry food waste, implement a pathway to whole supply chain engagement and longer-term reduction targets in line with the EC’s call to halve food waste by 2020
  • pave the way for regulation if voluntary agreements fail – the government needs a transparent back-up plan if industry fails to deliver
  • strengthen citizen engagement and improve debate – there is a need for wider more participative discussion on where responsibility for food waste lies and what steps different actors should take in reducing it.

For the full report CLICK HERE

 

 

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