La Comisión Europea publica los resultados de la encuesta “Flash Eurobarómetro” sobre los desperdicios de alimentos y las fechas de consumo en el etiquetado

La Comisión Europea ha publicado los resultados de la primera encuesta “Flash Eurobarómetro” sobre los desperdicios de alimentos y las fechas de consumo en el etiquetado. El estudio ratifica la necesidad de continuar con la información y sensibilización sobre las fechas del etiquetado. Por otra parte, la Comisión propondrá iniciativas contra el desperdicio de alimentos como parte del nuevo paquete de economía circular que se presentará a finales de año.

The European Union has identified resource efficiency and waste management as key elements of EU environmental policy and the Europe 2020 strategy. The Commission is currently reflecting on the scope of a new, more ambitious Circular Economy package to be published by the end of 2015 and considers it as a possible opportunity for further actions aimed at strengthening resource efficiency in the food chain and preventing food waste.

This survey seeks to understand citizens’ perceptions, attitudes and practices related to
the management and consumption of food resources, and more specifically, to investigate the role of date marking found on food labelling in relation to food waste.

Findings from this study will help inform possible future policy making in this area.
The first section of the report provides an overview of citizens’ attitudes towards the
prevention of food waste. The first part presents information on citizens’ views about the general responsibility of specific actors, ranging from the individual to food producers to public authorities, in helping to reduce food waste. The second part identifies specific actions that citizens feel would help them reduce the wasting of food in their own homes. The rest of the report focuses on citizens’ attention to, understanding and use of date marking on the labels of food products. Date marking is a widespread and important tool to help ensure consumer safety, but can, if misunderstood, contribute to the problem of food waste by encouraging consumers to throw out goods that are still fit for consumption.

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Nuevo proyecto para reducir el desperdicio de alimentos

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AECOSAN presenta su nueva web: “El etiquetado cuenta mucho”

La Agencia Española de Consumo, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (Aecosan) ha puesto en marcha una campaña para explicar el nuevo sistema de etiquetado de alimentos, que proporciona más información destinada a personas alérgicas o con intolerancias alimentarias también en los productos no envasados.

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Según ha explicado el Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, el nuevo etiquetado se adapta a la normativa europea y ofrece información más clara, completa y útilal consumidor y aporta información sobre alérgenos con un tamaño mínimo de letra y tipografía que lo diferencia del resto de ingredientes.

Estos cambios implican que la información se debe emplazar en un lugar destacado, fácilmente visible, claramente legible e indeleble y no puede estar disimulada, tapada o separada por ninguna otra indicación o imagen.

También se debe indicar el origen vegetal específico de los aceites y grasas vegetales.

El reglamento, que se aplica desde el 13 de diciembre de 2014, afecta también al comercio minorista y a los restaurantes, ya que obliga a informar sobre alérgenos también en los productos no envasados.

La Aecosan ha lanzado la campaña “El etiquetado cuenta mucho” y ha puesto en marcha la web, en la que se ofrece información sobre legislación, material divulgativo o novedades del etiquetado.

Fuente: Revista Mercados 

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SAVE FOOD Meeting unveils bountiful private sector opportunities for reducing Food Loss and Waste

THE RESPLENDENT grounds of the Nestlé headquarters on the shoreline of Lake Geneva was the location of the 4th annual SAVE FOOD meeting on May 12, in Vevey, Switzerland. Under the themes of Public-Private Sector Collaborations and Entrepreneurial and Innovative Initiatives, over one hundred attendees from the international development community, the packaging industry and civil society gathered to explore both regional and global developments and opportunities to combat the scourge of food loss and waste.

Back in 2011, the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO and Messe Düsseldorf in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme launched the joint SAVE FOOD initiative.  SAVE FOOD is designed to build synergy and collaboration among all the various actors across the globe working to protect food resources. Organized by Messe Düsseldorf in the years between the Interpack packaging exposition, the SAVE FOOD Annual Meeting is an opportunity for partners to detail their work and learning experiences, network among likeminded industry players and explore possible collaborations in an environment highly focused on food loss and waste prevention.

The meeting turned the spotlight onto the role of corporate polices in reducing waste in production and distribution. Nestlé shared a time-bound commitment to eliminating food waste entering the waste streams in factories and distribution centers by 2020.  In the last ten years, the Swiss-based multi-national corporation have managed to halve the amount of waste for disposal generated in their factories. They have launched a zero waste tool kit which guides factory management with best approaches to reduce waste.


The Global FoodBanking Network, a network of food banks across the world, in collaboration with Nestlé, also announced their plans to develop a “good practice toolkit” for food donations, with emphasis on food safety and brand protection.

Tetra Pak, a multinational food packaging and processing company which develops packaging solutions directed at developing countries, also unveiled its ‘deeper in the pyramid’ approach which aims to reach smaller-sized agro industry processers with safe, lower cost packaging solutions. Hemant Krashak, Product Director at Tetra Pak, shared that his company was now more committed to engaging smaller-scaled businesses that serve communities in deep rural areas.

Marc-Peter Zander from XCOM GmbH Africa showcased best practices in the mango value chain in Kenya, highlighting the successes of the SAVE FOOD Mango Project in the East African country. His presentation demonstrated how SAVE FOOD’s market-based approach in the mango value chain has benefitted numerous actors, from farmers to consumers.

The retail sector was also well represented. Thomas Pocher from E. LECLER, an organization composed of independent store owners in northern France, spoke of the transformative role that retailers can take in reducing food waste at both retail and consumer levels. Mr. Pocher cited his own store as an example, pointing to wide scale food waste reductions and the renewed motivation of his staff now that they were redistributing food instead of throwing it out. Pocher described the change to redistribution as a revolution in the work morale of his staff.

McCain industries, a Canadian processed food company, and one of the world’s largest producers of potato chips, also presented a case study from their Bon et Bien programme. The Bon et Bien programme contracts unemployed people to harvest abandoned crops from fields and orchards and to transform them into items such as soups and milkshakes.  It exemplifies multi stakeholder partnerships with cooperation from E. Leclerc stores (which the foods are then sold) and employment bureau Randstad.

SAVE FOOD and Bologna-based Industria Macchine Automatiche S.p.A (IMA) a world leader in designing and manufacturing automatic machines for packaging announced a plan to create a sustainable food packaging hub in Emilia Romagna in Italy. In this arrangement, IMA will provide funding to develop a center which researches sustainable and appropriate packaging technologies and solutions, and which offers training to entrepreneurs. FAO SAVE FOOD will provide technical guidance in the establishment and operations of the center.

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SAVE FOOD programme coordinator, Robert van Otterdijk was interviewed by event moderator Eamonn Bates about the goals of the SAVE FOOD programme. Mr. van Otterdijk provided a broad overview of the programme and opened the door for partnership. He explored the wide range of opportunities for direct collaboration with the private sector in order to carry out activities and implement projects.

The one day meeting came to a close with a panel discussion on ‘Learnings, ideas and opportunities to further reduce food waste in the supply chain’’.  During the lively discussion, participants shared ideas on how to change consumer behaviour and how to support small-scaled businesses that are working to reduce food waste.

Panel members advised against bashing consumers, opting instead to empower them through creative proposals such as recipes and applications for reducing food waste. The important role of sensitizing children from an early age was also highlighted.

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apertureMARK is a useful tool for controlling food waste. Food waste is one of the biggest problems in western societies because approximately one third of produced food ends up in waste.

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apertureMARK se presenta en Hispack&Bta aportando sus ventajas para mejorar el desperdicio alimentario

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apertureMARK seleccionado por el jurado de los premios Bta.Innova y Bta.Emprende

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Ejemplos de buenas prácticas e innovación + sostenibilidad en alimentación en el Pabellón de España en Milán

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apertureMARK entra en el catálogo de iniciativas contra el desperdicio alimentario del MAGRAMA

El Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente ha publicado una actualización del “Catálogo de iniciativas nacionales e internacionales sobre el desperdicio alimentario“.

El objetivo final es impulsar la mejora de la eficiencia, reduciendo el desperdicio alimentario a lo largo de toda la cadena de suministro. Su “carácter vivo” conlleva a la renovación constante de las iniciativas en las distintas fases de la cadena agroalimentaria como la producción primaria, la gestión y transformación, la distribución, el consumo y los canales cortos de comercialización. Actualmente dicho documento cuenta con 103 iniciativas que luchan contra el desperdicio de alimentos, habiéndose incorporando 26 nuevas respecto a la edición anterior.

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En la página 73 del catálogo aparece apertureMARK . apertureMARK es una licencia de uso de un mecanismo patentado de marcado de apertura de productos que las empresas pueden contratar y aplicar a sus productos para uso y beneficio del consumidor. En otras palabras, es un dispositivo de control de la fecha de apertura de productos perecederos.

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