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France bans supermarket food waste 2016.03.15
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FRANCE (法國) has recently become the first country in the world to ban supermarket food
waste.

That means when food in the supermarkets nears its expiry date, it must be donated to food banks. It cannot just be thrown away.

But that does not apply to small supermarkets. Only those that are larger than 371 square metres are required to do so.

In the past, when supermarkets threw away food, they would pour water or even bleach on it so that other people, such as beggars, could not eat it.

Though that may appear cruel, the shops said that they did so to prevent beggars from suffering food poisoning by eating food that had already expired.

(This article is published on Goodies on 16 March 2016)


1. expiry (n)
    到期

2. food bank (n phr)
    食物庫

3. bleach (n)
    漂白水





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