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Recovery and redistribution of safe and nutritious food for human consumption

Recovery of safe and nutritious food for human consumption is to receive, with or without payment, food (processed, semi-processed or raw) which would otherwise be discarded or wasted from the agricultural, livestock, forestry and fisheries supply chains of the food system. Redistribution of safe and nutritious food for human consumption is to store or process and then distribute the received food pursuant to appropriate safety, quality and regulatory frameworks directly or through intermediaries, and with or without payment, to those having access to it for food intake. (FAO, 2015)

Country level guidance - selected information

Current forms of recovery and redistribution of safe and nutritious food involve a variety of stakeholders in a diverse mix of initiatives, such as: gleaning networks, food banks (warehouse, direct service, virtual, mixed form), social supermarkets and community shops, food pantries, soup kitchens and community/charitable programmes, shelters, mixed form of social protection programmes that provides food, directly or indirectly, among other services.

Countries around the world have initiated addressing the area of recovery and redistribution of safe and nutritious food for human consumption through, among other, developing guidance on the implementation of such actions.

Australia

Food Donation, New South Wales Environment Protection Authority. 2015. Australia

Belgium

Stratégie Good Food « Vers un système alimentaire durable en Région de Bruxelles-Capitale »

Circular on the provisions applied to food banks and charity organisations, Food safety agency (Agence fédérale pour la Sécurité de la Chaine Alimentaire). 2013. Belgium (French)

Circular concerning date marking, Food safety agency (Agence fédérale pour la Sécurité de la Chaine Alimentaire). 2011. Belgium (French)

Brazil

Food Banks (Banco de Alimentos – Institucional). Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (Ministério de Desenvolvimento Social e Combate à Fome). 2015. Brazil (Portuguese)

Canada

Food Banks Canada Guidelines 

Industry Food Donation Guidelines. British Columbia Centre for Disease Control Environmental Health Services, Metro Vancouver and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. 2015.

Executive Summary & Rationale

Starting and managing a food donation program

Processor, Caterer/Restaurant, and Retailer Specific Information

Estonia

Consume food wisely campaign - in English (Tarbi toitu targalt – in Estonian)

Finland

Foodstuffs donated to food aid. Food safety agency (EVIRA). 2013. Finland (Finnish)

France

Food donation guidelines for agricultural products. Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry of  Rhône-Alpes Province (Direction régionale de l’alimentation, de l’agriculture et de la forêt de Provence Rhône-Alpes - DRAAF). 2013. France (French)

Food donation guidelines for food manufacturers,  Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry of  Rhône-Alpes Province (Direction régionale de l’alimentation, de l’agriculture et de la forêt de Provence Rhône-Alpes - DRAAF). 2013. France (French)

Food donation guidelines for the catering sector,  Regional Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Forestry of  Rhône-Alpes Province (Direction régionale de l’alimentation, de l’agriculture et de la forêt de Provence Rhône-Alpes - DRAAF). 2013. France (French)

Guide to food donation by national food industry (ANIA), retail (FCD), primary producers (FNSEA) and association for solidarity (SOLAAL). 2013.  France (French)

Good practice hygiene guidelines for the distribution of food products by charity organisations. 2011.  France (French)

Germany

Guidelines for the donation of food to social welfare organisations. Legal aspects. Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. 2012. Germany (German)

Italy

Food donation guidelines. Reggio Emilia Region. 2015. Italy (Italian)

Manual of good practices. For charitable organizations. Caritas Italiana and Fondazione Banco Alimentare. 2015 (Italian, and ENGLISH version)

Japan

Second Harvest Japan. 2015. Japan (English and Japanese)

Mauritius

Manzer Partazer is the first food sharing project in Mauritius. 2015. Mauritius. Video describing the initiative (English)

Netherlands

Food donation guidelines for charities and voluntary organisations.  Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. 2006. The Netherlands

Portugal

Technical note on food donations. Food and Economic Safety Authority (ASAE).  2014. Portugal (Portuguese)

Procedures for food donation in catering sector.  Dariacordar NGO/Authority for Food and Economic Safety (ASAE). 2014.  Portugal (Portuguese)

Procedures for food donation by large establishments. Dariacordar NGO/Authority for Food and Economic Safety (ASAE). 2014.  Portugal (Portuguese)

Frequently Asked Questions on food donation, Dariacordar NGO/Authority for Food and Economic Safety (ASAE). 2014.  Portugal (Portuguese)

Russia

Foodbank Rus (EN, RU)

Spain

Guide to good hygiene practices for food waste reduction in restaurants and retail trade, Catalan Food Safety Agency (Agència Catalana de Seguretat Alimentària). 2013. (Catalan and Spanish).

United Kingdom

FareShare Food Efficiency Framework toolkit

USA

U.S. 2030 Food Loss and Waste Reduction Goal

Measuring the Success of the Goal

How Can You Take Action? Individuals, Business and Organizations (Food recovery challenge, U.S. Food Waste Challenge), Faith Organizations