Shoppers call on Government to replicate French waste food law

A petition urging the government to make supermarkets give unsold but still edible produce to food banks has reached 125,000 signatures.

Image: Alameda County Community Food Bank
Image: Alameda County Community Food Bank

The move is prompted by a French law passed this month obliging supermarkets to hand over all unsold food still fit for consumption to charity.

Campaigner Lizzie Swarf, who set up the petition, wrote: "Under the next five years of Conservative government, people will be encouraged to live an ever-more healthy life-style to reduce the pressure on the NHS.

"What better way to do this than to ensure the most needy have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and other basic essentials they currently can only class as a luxury if on benefits or a very low income?"

The petition also calls on the prime minister to "encourage existing customers to donate towards a delivery service to needy people in their area on the delivery run".

Last year over 900,000 people in the UK used food banks, acording to the TUC.

The Government announced in 2011 that any e-petition registered with it which reached 100,000 signatures would be considered for debate in Parliament.


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