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UK should copy French ban on stores throwing away food, says Hounslow Councillor

Posted by Sue Sampson on February 26, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Isleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson says the amount of food currently going to waste is 'outrageous'

Councillor Sue Sampson has called for Britain to follow France's tough new laws on food waste

A Hounslow councillor has urged Britain to follow suit after France banned supermarkets from throwing away or spoiling unsold food.


The law requiring larger grocery stores to donate unwanted food to charities or food banks was passed unanimously by the French senate on Wednesday, February 3.


Companies caught flouting the ban will now face a fine of up to 3,750 Euros.

sleworth ward councillor Sue Sampson has launched a petition on the campaigning website Change to get a similar law introduced on this side of the Channel.


"It's outrageous how much food is going to landfill when we have people starving in this country," she said.


"All stores should be required to donate unwanted food to charities and to food banks."


Cllr Sampson, who is a supporter of Hounslow Community FoodBox, said it and other food banks currently suffered from a shortage of fresh food, like meat, fruit and vegetables, which the measure could help address.


The French ban came about following reports of supermarkets pouring bleach over discarded food or locking it up to prevent foragers.


The charity Wrap estimates that the UK retail and wholesale industry wastes around 0.2 million tonnes of food each year , though this is dwarfed by the seven million tonnes it says are thrown away in households across the country each year.


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