“Greater Insight” Needed Into Scale And Causes Of Food Waste

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 08.41.38Greater insight is needed into the scale and causes of the problem of food losses and waste, according to the findings Council of the European Union.

In its conclusions on the subject of food losses and food waste, the Council sets out a series of initiatives that aim to help reduce waste and losses in the future.

These measures include calls on member states and the Commission to improve monitoring and data collection to better understand the problem, to focus on preventing food waste and losses and enhancing the use of biomass in future EU legislation and to facilitate the donation of unsold food products to charities.

They also urge the Commission to extend the scope of its action to include food losses.

Among the conclusions, the Council calls upon member states to confirm their commitment to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3; actively contribute to the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste; encourage implementation of the waste management hierarchy and the food use hierarchy; aim to reduce food losses and waste and valorise food resources from primary production through to consumption; and to put the issue of food loss and waste reduction on the agenda of the various actors of the food value chain.

It calls upon the Commission to include objectives in the future examination of EU policies and legislation; promote more consistent understanding and usage of date marking; foster discussions involving all member states to explore the ways and means to strengthen management of the food supply chain and foster cooperation between actors; and develop guidelines on the current legislation to clarify EU legislation relating to waste, food and feed.

The Council will assess progress made on the implementation of these conclusions periodically, starting in 2018.

The General Secretariat of the Council is a body of staff responsible for assisting the European Council and the Council of the EU. It helps organise and ensure the coherence of the Council’s work and the implementation of its 18-month programme.

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