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Germany’s Agri-Minister Hopes To End Food Waste By 2030

March 30, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Germany’s food and agriculture minister wants to end food waste he believes is due largely to confusing expiration dates on packages, but his plans are more ambitious than that. According to one study, Germans discarded 82 kg of edible food in 2012, mostly fruits and vegetables, pasta and bread. Christian Schmidt’s plan to end food waste by 2030 includes eliminating the “best before date” established by food manufacturers. Not an expiry date, it merely suggests how long the food will retain its specific taste, smell, color, consistency and nutritional value. Schmidt has also called for installing electronic chips in food packaging, such as yogurt cups, that show a color-coded scale indicating product aging. Schmidt’s agency has spent €10 million researching the technology.
Nicole Sagener, "Germany plans ‘smart’ packaging to cut food waste", EurActiv.de, March 30, 2016, © EurActiv.com plc
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