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European industry groups aim to reduce food waste

By: EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

September 3, 2013

A Europe-wide initiative to reduce food waste aims to boost use of waste oils, fats, gelatin and other materials in the European plastics industry

Food sector umbrella group FoodDrinkEurope and 15 other EU food sector associations have co-signed an 'Every Crumb Counts' declaration, which aims to halve EU edible food waste by 2020.

The body calls on the food industry and regulators "to consider how would-be food wastage that cannot feasibly make it to human consumption can be converted into valuable commodities, such as… industrial products." Plastics, along with pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and detergents would be a second priority destination for such wastes after using it as animal feed.