Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Commission Daily News, 13 June 2017

WASTE - Food waste: EU leading the way in the fight against food waste

Tomorrow (14 June), Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, in charge of Health and Food Safety, will address members of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) at its second meeting where key deliverables from the Circular Economy Action Plan will be discussed.

Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: "At the first meeting the members called for policy coherence and integrated action at EU and national levels that I fully support. Now we need to get into the heart of the matter: methodology, guidelines on food donation, date marking. I am convinced that this unique forum dedicated to food waste prevention can help us all to move more quickly, find and adopt new solutions, seize opportunities to save food resources and together design new business models for healthier and more sustainable food systems".

The Platform brings together both public and private interests in order to foster cooperation amongst all key players in the food value chain and help accelerate the EU's progress towards the global Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste by 2030. Since its launch last autumn, the members of the Platform have supported the Commission in developing harmonised methodology for quantifying food waste, called for by the Commission's waste legislation as well as the elaboration of EU guidelines on food donation, which the Commission intends to adopt by the end of 2017.

Focussed on supporting members in taking effective action to prevent food waste, a half-day will be dedicated to sharing experience in the implementation of national frameworks for action as well as new regulatory frameworks established in some Member States. New digital tools will also be presented to facilitate exchange of information, best practice and foster cooperation between members.

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