Food Standards Agency signs pledge to cut food waste

Last updated:
15 March 2016
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The Foods Standards Agency pledged its support today to the UK’s resource efficiency charity WRAP which brings together organisations from across the food system to make food and drink production and consumption more sustainable for the future.

The Food Standards Agency is a founding signatory in WRAP’s Courtauld 2025 campaign which will: 
•    Reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food and drink by one-fifth, saving £20 billion in 10 years.
•    Bring together leading organisations from across the food chain to work together to tackle food and drink waste, greenhouse gas emissions and water intensity.
•    Gather signatories including all major UK food retailers, brands, food service companies, trade bodies and local authorities (90 are already signed up).
The FSA will build on the work it has done with WRAP and Love Food Hate Waste already to help people reduce food waste and get more value from the food and drink they buy.  In fact, this year the FSA is focusing on food waste for its annual Food Safety Week (June 2016) and has put forward its head of Food Safety, Michael Wight, on WRAP’s Courtauld 2025 steering group.
Michael Wight, Head of Food Safety at the Food Standards Agency said: 'Food is a valuable commodity and this is why we cannot afford to let food go to waste. We welcome WRAP's initiative and will be focusing on food waste this year for Food Safety Week 2016.
'We want to help consumers get more value from foods they consume by understanding the broader issues around sustainability. We also want consumers to be empowered with the right tools to understand how their behaviours and shopping habits can help to reduce food waste.'


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