NZWC releases food loss and waste strategyNZWC releases food loss and waste strategy<div class="ExternalClassF5FFD292EFC64C43A8260BAC82228A9F"><p>The National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) released its updated <em>National Food Waste Reduction Strategy</em> for preventing food waste in Canada, following extensive engagement with close to 1,000 representatives from the Canadian agri-food sector and government and environmental organizations.</p><p>The updated Strategy, now called <em>A Food Loss and Waste Strategy for Canada</em>, calls for a coordinated national effort to cut food waste 50 percent by 2030 by using a supply chain approach that would close the loop on food waste occurring during production, processing and distribution – before it even gets to consumers.</p><p>The strategy was shared with Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna to help inform the federal government’s development of a <em>Food Policy for Canada</em>. It takes into consideration the logistical challenges of Canada’s vast geography and sparse population centres, as well as the fact that most businesses involved in food production, distribution and retail operate on a relatively small scale. </p><p>The strategy follows the release of new guidelines aimed at making it easier for the Canadian food industry and organizations across the country to donate or receive high quality nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste.</p><p>The <em>Guidelines to Minimize Waste Food and Facilitate Food Donations</em> pertain to food donations from food manufacturers, licensed kitchens and processing facilities, and consider everything from health and safety to specific ways to reduce food waste. Canadians waste an estimated $31 billion worth of food each year.</p><p>The guidelines outline a raft of information, including recommended practices to set up and facilitate donations of quality food to organizations; information to match potential industry donors with organizations; health and safety considerations related to food donation; and donors and recipient information on safe food handling.</p><p>The new guidelines are not intended to apply to public donations via food drives. A companion document, <em>Food Donation and Civil Liability in Canada</em>, addresses the potential legal liability concerns of current and future food industry donors, particularly when donating perishable food items.</p><p>The development of the guidelines, the first of their kind in Canada, were overseen by the National Zero Waste Council’s Food Working Group, which included: Food Banks Canada, City of Toronto, Second Harvest Food Rescue, Nature’s Path, City of Montreal, Metro Vancouver, Halifax Regional Municipality, City of Edmonton, Metro Richelieu Inc., Province of British Columbia, SWANA, Township of Langley and A&W Food Services of Canada.</p></div>|#c0baf3c1-0486-4c55-bb41-a9db2cb32bdd;L0|#0c0baf3c1-0486-4c55-bb41-a9db2cb32bdd|Issue 43;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassA31894C968FB4299B09D453412E39734"><p>​The National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) released its updated <em>National Food Waste Reduction Strategy</em> for preventing food waste in Canada, along with new guidelines that will make easier for the national food industry and organizations to donate – and receive – leftover foods.</p></div>0