MEPs present new proposal for cutting food waste

On April 11, 2017, Environment MEPs put forward a draft report including a number of possible measures to cut food waste within the EU by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. In the EU, food waste has been estimated to be approximately 88 million tonnes, or 173 kg per capita per year. 

The MEPs call on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions on food donations by allowing VAT tax exemptions. The report also calls for a coordinated policy on labelling in order to avoid any confusion in the future for consumers, with regard to the “use by” and “best before” labels. Furthermore, the Commission must consider removing certain dates for products without any risk to public health or the environment.

The report was adopted unanimously and will be put to a vote at the European Parliament during the 15-18 May plenary session in Strasbourg.

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