(ANSA) – Rome, February 5 – Agriculture Minister Maurizio Martina said Italy was on the front line in the battle against food waste following a 2016 law encouraging firms to give away food rather than throwing it away.
“Food waste is diminishing in Italy,” Martina said on stop-food-waste day.
“That’s not all. Recovered excess food given to the most in need has increased by 20%, providing food for over one and a half million people”. Before the law came into effect on September 14, 2016, it was mostly possible only to donate long-life products.
But now cooked food and fruit and vegetables can also be given to the needy.