Supermarkets' multiple buy deals 'lead to food waste'

Supermarkets should scrap 'buy one get one free' offers to help end the 'morally repugnant' waste of millions of tonnes of food, a House of Lords committee report has said.

Call for five-year strategy to tackle food waste

In a report urging supermarkets to ditch 'buy one get one free' offers, the Lords EU Committee said the EU's efforts to reduce waste were "fragmented and untargeted" and called for the new European Commission to publish a five-year strategy

Food waste in the EU and the UK is clearly a huge issue. Not only is it morally repugnant, but it has serious economic and environmental implications.

...We cannot allow the complexity of the issues around defining and monitoring food waste to delay action any further.

We are calling on the new European Commission, which will be appointed in November this year, to publish a five-year strategy for reducing food waste across the EU, and to do so within six months of taking office.

– Baroness Scott of Needham Market

Supermarkets offers lead to 'morally repugnant' waste

Supermarket "buy one get one free" offers encourage "excess consumption" according to a report on food waste by the Lords EU Committee.

The Lords EU Committee said supermarkets should move away from offers such as 'buy one get one free' Credit: PA

Describing food waste in the EU and UK as "morally repugnant", the committee called on supermarkets to rethink the deals.

The report said that 15 million tonnes of food are dumped each year in the UK and at least 90 million tonnes across the EU as a whole.

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