The French government has banned the stores in France from wasting and throwing off the unused and unsold food items. These eatables will be donated to the people in need of food free of cost. To stop petty thieves, the supermarket owners have locked off the store houses or bleach is poured over the unwanted supplies. The law will be applicable for all stores across the country with an area of more than 400 square metres or more.
The bill was passed off by the senate without any visible objection after a complaint was filed in by Courbevoie councillor Arash Derambarsh. Any store not following the law will be fined upto3750 Euros.
Jacques Bailet of Banques Alimentaires, a collection of food banks said, “”Most importantly, because supermarkets will be obliged to sign a donation deal with charities, we’ll be able to increase the quality and diversity of food we get and distribute. In terms of nutritional balance, we currently have a deficit of meat and a lack of fruit and vegetables. This will hopefully allow us to push for those products.”
This is just a beginning as it is only raw food that is being stacked for further use, but the food from bakeries and restaurants are still being wasted.