Over there Spain reduces and prevents food waste. Approved for a new project by law turning unsold fruit into jams and juices. Restaurants must have a must doggy bag. The new bill recently approved by the Council of Ministers is now under consideration by the Congress of Deputies and the Senate. The law will come in in effect since 2023 involving medium and large companies. The aim is to make good the mistakes in the mechanisms of the food chain in all its stages. Violators will face very high fines of up to 500 thousand euros.
Prevent inefficiency in the food chain that has economic, environmental and social consequences.
Luis Planas, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
The basis of acircular economy will push companies until they consider the plan waste prevention and reduction. A smart way to use food for other purposes, which benefits the consumer. In 2020, MAPA (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) data recorded 1,364 million kg of food wasted. On average 31 kg per person. 40% of food is wasted in shops and at home.
Today, only Italy and France have a regulation in the EU that is similar to the Spanish one. In Italy, the only existing initiative is Law 166/2016 (“anti-waste” rule). The first to sign it was the Honorable Maria Chiara Gadda. Unlike Spain, this law is based on the promotion of: food discipline in schools and in targeted communication campaigns. In addition, it lowers the waste tax for those who donate food and spreads the use of the doggy bag in restaurants.
Source: Lega Nerd
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