Consumer Protection Senator Cornelia Prüfer-Storcks (SPD) announced on Wednesday a Federal Council initiative that will oblige supermarkets such as Rewe and Edeka and discounters such as Aldi and Lidl to work with relief organizations such as the blackboard and donate even edible food.

“The time of voluntary action is over,” said Prüfer Storcks. “It is now time for specific rules.” The Senate will soon decide on a Federal Council initiative, said the Senator during a visit to the Hamburger Tafel. This is to ask the federal government to regulate the obligation by law.

The initiative is oriented towards neighbouring countries such as France, Belgium, Italy or the Czech Republic, which are considered European pioneers in the fight against food waste.

In France, for example, every supermarket commits itself to aid organizations that work according to the principle of the blackboard. Also in the Czech Republic, supermarkets have to donate food leftovers. Currently, only 180 supermarkets in Hamburg cooperate with the local blackboard. If Prüfer-Storck’s initiative has a majority, supermarkets should expect sanctions for violations.

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