Spain’s draft legislation fights food wastage

A recent UN report said nearly 1bn tonnes of food is wasted globally each year.

Spain is planning a crackdown on food wastage with draft legislation setting fines for supermarkets and restaurants that throw away leftovers. They will instead have to pack them for the customers to take home.

The draft bill, adopted earlier this month by Spain’s Socialist-led government, aims to reduce the 1,300 tonnes of food wasted annually across the country, said Luis Planas, Spain’s agricultural, fisheries, and food minister. That figure equates to 31kg a person.

The bill also includes measures to force supermarkets and restaurants to work with neighbourhood organisations and food banks to limit waste, The Guardian reported.

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