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Food Loss and Waste in the European Union: A New Challenge for the Food Law?
European Food and Feed Law Review (2015)
  • Luis González Vaqué, Asociación Iberoamericana para el Derecho Alimentario
Abstract

Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. In the European Union (EU) food is to a significant extent wasted at the consumption stage, meaning that it is discarded even if it is still suitable for human consumption. Significant losses also occur early in the food supply chains. In low-income countries food is lost mostly during the early and middle stages of the food supply chain; much less food is wasted at the consumer level. The article highlights the losses occurring along the entire food chain, and makes assessments of their magnitude. Further, it identifies causes of food losses and possible ways of preventing them in the EU.

Keywords
  • food waste,
  • food losses,
  • measures of prevention,
  • Food Law,
  • European Union
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Luis González Vaqué. "Food Loss and Waste in the European Union: A New Challenge for the Food Law?" European Food and Feed Law Review Iss. No. 1 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/luis_gonzalez_vaque/136/