France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities

French supermarkets will be banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food and must instead donate it to charities or for animal feed, under a law set to crack down on food waste.

The French national assembly voted unanimously to pass the legislation as France battles an epidemic of wasted food that has highlighted the divide between giant food firms and people who are struggling to eat.

h/t Waffle

  • Brett_McS

    What about muffin stubs?

    • andycanuck

      That would be racist and elitist!

    • Linda1000

      In Canada you can buy “muffin tops” in grocery stores. They are baked in round shallow muffin pans. More crispy and brown, no soggy cake bottoms.

  • Xavier

    Regulating something that’s already done through charity and goodwill works twofold: it demonizes corporate grocery stores and gives politicians a talking point for the next election.

    Nothing changes except perception.

  • Mal

    So instead of making sure that their “refugees” are getting plenty of healthy exercise by scrabbling around in dumpsters, France’s moral superiors want the dodgy food delivered directly to their hovels?

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Good idea now France will rescue those loads of muslims immigrants from the boats.

  • tom_billesley

    Not a problem for Putin.

  • Waffle

    You’d be amazed how much good food ends up in dumpsters. Slightly bruised fruit can be turned into pies, jam and apple sauce — for a fraction of the regular price.

    • Xavier

      Right there is a great free market enterprise waiting to be born: someone needs to buy up all the scratch and dents and a price just above “dumpster” and resell them at a profit.

      • Waffle

        You have to get to the supermarket early in the day — the discounts sell pretty fast. Lots of people out there on pensions, welfare and low incomes — and every time you turn around, something else has gone up.

    • Frances

      There’s a small business in Calgary area doing that, and selling the results at one of the local farmers’ markets.

      • mobuyus

        Bon Appetitè.

  • Maxsteele

    What is to stop these “charities” and feed lots from turning around and trying to sell this food to the general public again? The externalities (secondary and tertiary) effects on the economy of this decision could be disasterous.

  • John

    I work in the food industry and this is a common practice.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    It’s a bad law because viruses, bacteria, and fungi often get spread from food sitting there, going bad. What are we “saving”? It should all be incinerated if it is near sell by date. Denyse O’Leary from Ottawa

  • marty_p

    here’s a grocery chain in a couple of US states that sells short dated food: