FRENCH GOVERNMENT AIMS TO REDUCE FOOD WASTE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL BILL
The French government on May 21 added a provision to a broad energy and environment bill that would manage food waste from supermarkets. The provision would require the country's largest supermarkets to enter into contracts to donate unsold but edible food to charities or to farms for animal feed and compost by July 2016. Penalties for failing to comply include fines upward of $80,000 and the possibility of jail time for managers. Trade groups criticized the proposed legislation, pointing out that the large markets targeted by the provision only account for 5% of France's total food waste. The European Commission has set a goal for 30% reduction in food waste by 2025 among member states. For the full story, see http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/05/22/us-france-food-idUKKBN0O713820150522.