Food: Donors

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 11th June 2012.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster Conservative, Milton Keynes North

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage food manufacturers and retailers to donate their in-date waste to homelessness and food bank organisations.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government strongly support redistribution of surplus food to charities such as FareShare and FoodCycle and hopes that more firms will choose to donate suitable surplus food rather than send it for disposal. Many do so already, though only a fraction of the available food is currently donated.

We are considering all barriers to redistribution, including legal concerns. This work will determine the way forward and we will need to work with these charities and food manufacturers to lower any barriers identified.

The Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, my noble Friend, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, also recently wrote to my right hon. and noble Friend, Lord Young of Graffham, to consider how health and safety can be reviewed to help facilitate this.

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