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Baroness calls for more action on food waste

Governments across Europe should do more to reduce food waste, the leader of a House of Lords inquiry into the matter has said.

Baroness Scott

Speaking at WRAP’s annual conference in London, Baroness Scott, left, expressed concerns regarding some moves in Europe around initiatives to tackle the problem.

She noted that under the recent restructure of the European Commission (EC), food waste responsibilities had been moved from the Environment portfolio to Health and Food Safety.

She also said that a dedicated policy document that the EC was developing before the release of the circular economy package was never finalised.

“I’m nervous at this signal resistance in the Commission,” she said. “A recent trip to Brussels didn’t help [to reassure me].”

Baroness Scott said that while there was “real willingness” in Europe to tackle the problem, there was a lack of concrete proposals.

“[Policy makers] do not have a sense of what is role of Government,” she said.

Governments were called on to ensure:

  • food waste that is not fit for human consumption goes to animals before being used for energy production.
  • the increase in packaging recyclability does not lead to shorter food  shelf lives
  • appropriate date labelling is used

Baroness Scott led a House of Lords’ inquiry into food waste at the end of last year, with a report published in April.

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