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December 14, 2015
France is to enact a law to reduce the estimated 7 million tons of food wasted in the country each year.
The law forces French supermarkets with retail space of 400 sq m (4,305 sq ft) or more to donate food that is approaching its best-before date to charity or be turned into animal feed or compost, rather than simply discarding it.
They will no longer be allowed to render foodstuffs inedible by pouring water or bleach on them – previously a common practice.
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