FoodDrinkEurope has put the fight against food waste as one of its key priorities and has continued to meaningfully engage with policy makers, while promoting the industry’s commitments in this area. In November 2016, FoodDrinkEurope was selected as a member of the Commission's (DG SANTE) EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste. This platform, composed of governmental and international organisations, academia, trade associations and NGOs, will be working on important deliverables, such as an EU methodology to assess food waste and guidelines on food donations, in order to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12.3.
Within this context, earlier the same month, the Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF) officially endorsed the ‘Every Meal Matters’ Food Donation Guidelines jointly developed by FoodDrinkEurope, in partnership with the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA), and EuroCommerce. These guidelines have been developed as a continuation and reinforcement of the food and drink industry’s ‘Every Crumb Counts’ commitments to reducing food waste in operations and across the whole supply chain. The Guidelines help food and drink manufacturers and retailers put in place internal processes for when food surpluses do arise, in order to maximise the resource efficiency benefits.
FoodDrinkEurope was invited to speak at a Conference entitled 'Reducing Food Waste - Improving Food Safety’ hosted by MEP Biljana Borzan (S&D). FoodDrinkEurope’s Chairman of the Food Wastage Task Force, David Bellamy, presented FoodDrinkEurope’s key actions and commitments on food waste prevention in a panel debate with Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis.
FoodDrinkEurope is recognised as an important contributor to the ongoing work on food waste prevention by both the Commission, European Parliament and other key stakeholders. Positive feedback was depicted in the lively discussions that took place on twitter, with the Commissioner and the MEP, among others, liking and retweeting our content.
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