May 27, 2015

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Big Blow As Big Supermarkets Forced To Donate Unsold Food In France

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, giant supermarkets and food stores in France woke up to the new law that will see then act responsibly to the members of the society especially the less privileged members of the society. The new law will see big supermarkets donate their unsold foodstuffs to charities and or animal feed. The law is aimed to reduce food waste throughout the country. In France, as in many other parts of the world especially the developing world, where people struggle to put a meal on the table, big supermarkets are reported to throw away or destroy food that can still be used by other people if kept well. On average, it is estimated that one person can throw away up to a tune of 30 kg of food per year. Part of this (7 kg) according to authorities, will still be in a wrap.
 
This was a rare unity that saw cross-section of legislators come together for the plight of the underprivileged. According to the centre-right deputy Mr. Yves Jego on his address to fellow parliamentarians, he said, “There remains an absolute urgency in enacting this law. Charities seriously need food. However, the part that moves us most in this law is that, it will encourage most or all of us to offer a helping hand to those that suffer.”
 
With immediate effect, the new law will bar all supermarkets from their deliberate spoiling of unsold foods. In part, the law stipulates that those with a given number of footprints that are candidly explains in the law will be required to sign a contract with a number of charities or face penalties if they fail to honor the contracts. The penalties according to the law include fines that amount to 53,000 Sterling Pounds or serve a jail term of 2 years.
 
Guillaume Garot the man who proposed the bill and former food minister was quoted saying, “ It is indeed scandalous when you see a bleach poured into the supermarkets’ dustbins together with food that can be edible.” This has happened following the recent coverage by the French media highlighting how students, street urchins, poor families and unemployed people among others have been seen stealthily foraging into various supermarket dustbins at night in search of food to feed themselves.
 
According to supermarket owners, the habit of foraging supermarkets’ dustbins is not taken lightly. It can be remembered that in 2011, a father of six aged 59 who was reported to work at a Monoprix store in Marseille was almost rendered jobless after security men reported him to his boss for picking 6 melons from the supermarket’s dustbin.

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