According to the Act on Prevention of Food Waste, signed by the President of Poland, owners of large stores in Poland are now obliged to conclude an agreement on free food delivery, which is no longer suitable for sale. Up to now, food delivery regulations were introduced in France, Italy, Czech Republic and Belgium. Greenpeace indicates that EU countries should strive to reduce the amount of food waste by 30 percent by 2025 and by 50% until 2030.
Billion of tons of greenhouse gases go into the atmosphere annually due to food thrown out in the world. By introducing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, we heat the atmosphere, which causes a rise in temperature on Earth. The consequences may be drought or floods, and we have already experienced changes related to higher temperatures even this summer throughout Europe.
For several years, the main reason for throwing away food has been overspending (29%) and excessive purchases (20%).
The most commonly discarded products are:
- bread (49%),
- fruit (46%),
- cold meat(45%),
- vegetables (37 percent).
Changes in law
Accordingly to the new regulations, owners of large stores are now obliged to enter into cooperation with a non-governmental organization regarding free delivery of food that meets the requirements of food law and is not intended for sale.
The Act applies to products that have defects in appearance or damaged packaging, as well as those which reach the expiration date, except alcohol. The contract must contain information regarding the time and method of delivery of these products, the distribution of collection and distribution costs. Units which can cooperate with stores are social assistance centers, including assistance for families and people in difficult life situations, or charity organizations, in particular providing food to the needy. The food seller is obliged to pay for wasted food.
How to care for food
Wholesalers and stores should ensure proper storage and transport of food products. The priority is to maintain the correct conditions in accordance with GHP / GMP and HACCP standards. It is also important to adjust the right temperature for different products. If stores have to agree on food transportation rules within the conditions of the new law, they should do so in such a way that the products do not get spoiled.A solution to this is the system developed by Polish-French company Blulog, which allows stores to constantly monitor the temperature and react as needed.
“Our system enables to automatize the measurement process. The temperature is under constant and strict control, the measurement is carried out wirelessly, in real time. Our data loggers measure it with an accuracy of +/- 0.2 ° C in the range from 0 to 30 ° C and +/- 0.4 ° C for the rest of the range. Depending on customer needs, data can be read using any smartphone with NFC or one of the dedicated readers. The data is also stored and secured in the cloud,”says Jérémy Laurens, CEO of Blulog.
Modern technologies are an important support for the food and catering industry – they allow not only to improve the quality of services provided, but also can effectively prevent food waste. It is worth adding that Blulog has officially been validated on the prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) E006 category for Temperature monitoring devices.