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Supermarkets have been banned from throwing away or destroying unsold food in France.

French Government issued an order banning supermarkets from throwing away unsold food and instead donate it to charities and food banks in 2016.

French Government issued an order banning supermarkets from throwing away unsold food and instead donate it to charities and food banks in 2016. The French Senate had passed a law to control the wastage of food in 2016. According to the law, supermarkets and other shops will not be able to destroy or bin good quality food approaching its best-before date. Instead of binning the food, shops should donate it to food banks or charity. Food banks had welcomed the law and said that they would find extra volunteers, lorries, warehouses, and fridge space to deal with an increase in donations from shops and food companies. If any market failed to comply could face two years in jail and fines of 75,000 euros ($87,564).

France became the first country in the world to impose such a ban. The law was imposed following a grassroots campaign in France by shoppers, anti-poverty campaigners and those opposed to food waste.

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