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    Supermarkets in France have been banned from throwing away or spoiling unsold food by law.

    The stores are now required to donate unwanted food to charities and food banks.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a6855371.html

    Bravo the French.
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    Very good idea. Should be adopted to the rest of Europe.
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    • #3
      Apparently the poor in France do not deserve the protection of food & safety standards...
      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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      • #4
        Supermarkets don't "spoil" unsold food; nature does. It's called "bacteria." I think some French dude even discovered bacteria.

        Thatís why perishable food items sold in the US usually have expiration dates stamped on the label. The law often requires them to throw away food which has passed its expiration date.
        Last edited by The Doctor; 08 Feb 16, 16:35.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
          Apparently the poor in France do not deserve the protection of food & safety standards...
          Poison the poor to save the planet.

          It goes hand in hand with starving the poor and depriving them of affordable electricity in order to save the climate.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
            Supermarkets don't "spoil" unsold food; nature does. It's called "bacteria." I think some French dude even discovered bacteria.

            Thatís why perishable food items sold in the US usually have expiration dates stamped on the label. The law generally requires them to throw away food which has passed its expiration date.
            They sell the over-age stuff to hog farmers around here.

            Cuts down on methane build-up in landfills, and recoups a little of the money.
            Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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            • #7
              The expiration date is a sell by date more than any kind of automatic limit after which all food spoils. Meat and fish I would be careful with.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
                Supermarkets don't "spoil" unsold food; nature does. It's called "bacteria." I think some French dude even discovered bacteria.

                Thatís why perishable food items sold in the US usually have expiration dates stamped on the label. The law generally requires them to throw away food which has passed its expiration date.
                The dates are usually greatly in advance comapred with actual perishability of the product.
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                • #9
                  You can usually eat vegitables, cheese, sometimes milk, a lot of meat, fruit etc long after the use by or sell by dates. Would be a bit wary of unsmoked fish.
                  If it isn't fury and doesn't smell dodgy it is probably OK.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Emtos View Post
                    The dates are usually greatly in advance comapred with actual perishability of the product.
                    That's by design. The idea is that its better to err on the side of caution rather than take a chance of poisoning someone with unsafe food. As a food producer/seller there aren't many ways to lose a customer faster than selling them unsafe or spoiled food.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Surrey View Post
                      You can usually eat vegitables, cheese, sometimes milk, a lot of meat, fruit etc long after the use by or sell by dates. Would be a bit wary of unsmoked fish.
                      If it isn't fury and doesn't smell dodgy it is probably OK.
                      Valid rules for the contents of your fridge, but not so much for serving food to others, at least in the USA.

                      What stores do in Texas is work up care packages at cost; you pay for them at the cashier and the store delivers them to the food bank once a week. Simple & efficient.
                      Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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                      • #12
                        We have a great organization called The Grey Bears that does a bunch of recycling of a bunch of products and uses the proceeds to help seniors. They have a program where they deliver a grocery bag to each family enrolled and do a care check while doing so.


                        http://www.greybears.org/

                        It's a great business model for a non-profit.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by frisco17 View Post
                          That's by design. The idea is that its better to err on the side of caution rather than take a chance of poisoning someone with unsafe food. As a food producer/seller there aren't many ways to lose a customer faster than selling them unsafe or spoiled food.
                          NO the idea is to toss good food so you go out and buy more. It's mostly a marketing trick that most fall for. We lived well before the expiration dates showed up and we can live well and cheaper with out them.

                          Expiration date on cans and jars that have two seals on them most times don't go bad soon if at all, but Mama well run out and buy the "fresh" stuff.

                          We had C rations in the 60's that were dated from the 40's and after all is said and done the military doesn't what to kill off their people with food poisoning
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post
                            They sell the over-age stuff to hog farmers around here.

                            Cuts down on methane build-up in landfills, and recoups a little of the money.
                            We stored our rotten meat in a container in the freezer and sold it to cosmetic companies weekly.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by The Doctor View Post
                              Supermarkets don't "spoil" unsold food; nature does. It's called "bacteria." I think some French dude even discovered bacteria.

                              Thatís why perishable food items sold in the US usually have expiration dates stamped on the label. The law often requires them to throw away food which has passed its expiration date.

                              Only baby formula has true experastion date. Most items are thrown out on reaching a best before or sell by date. I have eatin food that's best before was 2 years after the fact.
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