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Czech Republic: law against food waste

supermarkets in the Czech Republic are not allowed to throw unsaleable food in the trash. You need to offer the goods without charge to charitable organizations. Also Germany would need such a law?

By Danko Handrick, ARD-Studio Prague

Daily Jan Černý to driving his white van in Prague supermarkets. Were no longer on sale, but are harmless to health and must submit to the discounters free of charge to charities - that is the law. And that is a good thing, means the employees of the Prague food Bank: "That is terrible, if you look at how many people have nothing to eat, and then all these things fly in the shops in the Container."

Ten tons a day

Instead of on the landfill site, Were landing now in Zdiby, a few kilometers North of Prague. Some of the old storage rooms serve as a hub of Prague's food Bank. The crate stacking here, yogurt, fruit, and chocolate. What comes in the morning, in the evening again - the aid organisation distributed daily to nearly ten tons of food.

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lunch magazine, Danko Handrick, ARD Prague

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Věra Almost, a feisty lady in her seventies, leads a hands-on how prudent the Regiment about a dozen employees. Will thrown away anything here - everything is going up-kitchens of charitable organisations, Homeless charities and soup or directly from the registered needy. You can help now a lot better, praise Almost: "We have. now by the law a lot more food available and a much wider range Recently, we also get a lot of quickly perishable, such as dairy products, bread, meat, and sausage."

22,000 people will benefit

In about 150 aid organizations Almost distributes what is collected in the super markets. Approximately 22,000 people benefit from alone in Prague and surroundings of this help. Some come directly to Zdiby. So about Ludmila Kotabová. For the single mother of two children, the food aid is the only Chance to make ends meet. Daughter Eliška accompanied the mother - tomorrow she has her second birthday. "We also have to get something for a birthday, chocolate candies! The food is a great help, I'm grateful for it. Especially for the things for the kids."

Daily aid organisations to take food ...

... and distribute up to ten tons daily.

complaints from senators and supermarkets

is not Also a Senator Jaroslav Kubera against the re-use of foods that are no longer suitable for sale. And yet the Chairman of the upper chamber of the Parliament has complained along with 24 of his Senate colleagues against the law. The senators argued that it was the obligation to Give away to a kind of expropriation. The constitutional court has rejected the lawsuit to the beginning of the year, and the law confirmed.

Critical of the law, see also the discounters. It is a gift for the often cheaper, unsaleable Goods, to destroy rather than expensive. Many retailers have cooperated, therefore, also before the law with the aid organizations, the British retail chain Tesco, which supports the food banks in the Czech Republic for several years. The new Directive has changed at Tesco, nothing on dealing with the food alone the bureaucracy, to take complains to the company spokesman.

German boards lean law

In Germany you don't need such a law, saying the panels. The voluntary cooperation with the discounters functioning, with few exceptions, quite good, says Jochen Brühl, the Federal Chairman of the Association of German panel e. V. "I think it is always difficult with legal requirements to change something. It's about the attitude and not just to the end of the value chain, but it must affect us all. The panels make use of the System of self-commitment."

In the Czech Republic, especially the aid agencies with the law are satisfied. For people like Ludmila Kotabová and your children, you have a lot more choice.

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