Government refuses to budge on voluntary approach to food waste

The government has confirmed its reluctance to add to the “burden of regulation” on food businesses despite recommendations from EFRA

The government has reiterated its support for voluntary targets such as WRAP’s Courtauld agreement. Photograph: Pitak Areekul/123RFThe government has said it will not force retailers to publish their food waste data in response to a report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee,which recommended that more stringent action be enforced to tackle food waste.

The government's response, published on 17 October, reiterated its support for voluntary targets such as WRAP’s Courtauld agreement but said it would resist imposing mandatory reporting rules and legally binding targets. 1

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