Brussels, 20 March 2018.
The Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) is where agriculture and environment meet for an open dialogue. Each year, luminaries from various leading international institutions, such as the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament, the food/farming chain, NGOs, and businesses from every sector present their diverse views to a packed auditorium. At FFA2018 speakers and respondents will address the key issues including the need for healthy farming, healthy food and a healthy future.
This study has been carried out to help inform actions of the European Union (EU) to prevent food waste, as part of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The study examined the practical application of EU date labelling legislation and its implications for food waste prevention. It involved: desk research on the use of date labels and their links to food waste in the supply chain and in the home, including a review of EU food waste data to identify the main categories of foods contributing to food waste; market research to collect and analyse date labels on 2,296 products of ten pre-defined food product types (pre-prepared fruit/ vegetables, pre-packed sliced bread, chilled fish, sliced ham, fresh milk, yoghurts, hard cheese, chilled fresh juice, pre-prepared chilled pasta, and sauce (ketchup) that were purchased during 109 retail store visits in eight EU Member States (Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden); and consultations with food businesses, national regulators and other stakeholders on their understanding and application of relevant aspects of the FIC Regulation.