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France legislates to redirect supermarket food waste to charity

France has introduced a bill which would make it illegal for supermarkets and retailers to throw away ‘edible’ food.

The bill, introduced by former food minister Guillaume Garot, looks to help the country towards its European Union pledge to reduce food waste by half by 2025. Furthermore, the canned food, could be redistributed to those in need of it as part of the scheme.

Bill introducer Garot said: “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods.”

Centre-right deputy Yves Jégo told parliament: “There’s an absolute urgency – charities are desperate for food.

“The most moving part of this law is that it opens us up to others who are suffering.”

Under the bill, introduced on Thursday, large stores would have to sign up to donate expired foods to charity.