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Parliamentary question - E-003750/2018(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission

    Food losses and waste prevention requires action at all levels — global, EU, national, regional and local — and engagement of all key players in the food value chain, including consumers.

    The Commission is fully committed to lead EU efforts to fight food losses and waste from farm to fork and is already implementing initiatives towards this goal.

    As part of the Circular Economy Action Plan[1], the Commission is taking initiatives to support efforts of all actors in reaching the Sustainable Development Goal food waste target[2] by: elaborating a harmonised methodology to measure food waste; developing EU guidelines to facilitate food donation as well as the safe use of former foodstuffs as feed; and examining ways to improve the use of date marking[3].

    A key element of the action plan was the establishment of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste[4]. The Platform operates since autumn 2016 and aims to accelerate progress of all actors through sharing of best practice and identifying new initiatives and opportunities to address food waste prevention at EU level.

    The Revised Waste Legislation[5] adopted on 30 May 2018 requires Member States to reduce food waste at each stage of the food supply chain, prepare food waste prevention programmes and monitor and report annually on food waste levels.

    In view of heterogeneity of this waste stream in different Member States and the current lack of reliable and comparable statistics on this waste stream, pending the adoption of a joint methodology by the Commission by March 2019, no specific target has been adopted.

    Last updated: 4 September 2018
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