France to Stop Trashing, Start Donating, All Unsold Supermarket Food

France’s new law bans stores from throwing away unsold food. Instead, it will be given away to those in need.

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The French parliament passed legislation on Thursday that would ban supermarkets from trashing unsold food products. Instead, supermarkets will have to donate that food to charity groups that will then distribute it those in need. According to the AFP, some grocery stores would even destroy the food before throwing it away, making it completely inedible.

"It's scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods," said Guillaume Garot, an assembly member who sponsored the bill.