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Food Safety

About the group

Action taken by the EU countries, regions and cities as well as farmers, industry, food banks, consumer- and other NGOs is essential to prevent food waste all along the value chain and tackle varying situations across countries and regions. Through its dedicated sub-group on Action & implementation, the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste aims to help the different sector organisations (public/private) and actors in the food supply chain in identifying and implementing effective food waste prevention initiatives and facilitate the uptake of best practices.

In the Platform’s first mandate (2016-2021), the subgroup contributed to key deliverables such as the Platform’s key recommendations for action in food waste prevention and the development of an evaluation framework allowing actors to quantify the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste prevention actions. For the latter, the sub-group collaborated with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission to collect food waste prevention actions from Platform members, in order to assess their effectiveness and efficiency. The sub-group developed a template for reporting on food waste prevention initiatives in order to collect information in a consistent manner and facilitate both information exchange and impact analysis. Based on relevant work conducted by JRC, a common evaluation framework for food waste prevention actions was developed.

The results of this pilot exercise are described in the Assessment of food waste prevention actions report (2019), below. The report highlights the data gaps, as well as the need to set clear objectives when designing an action, and provides a common evaluation framework allowing actors to quantify the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste prevention. JRC has also developed a calculator for the environmental and economic impacts of food waste prevention actions.

The collaboration between the Action & implementation subgroup and JRC will continue from 2022, in order to refine the common evaluation framework.

More information about the background and tasks of this sub-group can be found in its Terms of reference:

Full list of the subgroup members can be consulted on this page (under section ‘’Members’’)

Meetings 2022

4 October 2022 - Hybrid

  • Agenda
  • Summary
  • Presentation – Introduction: the link between food loss and waste and climate change; a global perspective – WRAP
  • Presentation – Overview of EU climate action – European Commission
  • Presentation – Integrating food loss and waste prevention into national climate plans – Norway
  • Presentation – The implications of food waste generation on climate change: A case study from Greece – Harokopio University of Athens
  • Presentation – Sustainability assessment of food waste reduction measures. Case study in the food processing and manufacturing sector – Thünen-Institute of Market Analysis
  • Presentation – Fighting climate change through preventing and reducing food losses and food waste – Unilever

24 June 2022 - On-line (Teams)

  • Agenda
  • Summary report
  • Delivering change at scale through voluntary agreements to prevent/reduce food loss and waste
    • Presentation - Impact data of voluntary agreement – WRAP
    • Presentation - The Netherlands: Experiences with the national private-public framework – Food Waste Free United
    • Presentation - Norway: Experience with voluntary agreements to prevent/reduce food loss and waste – Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food
    • Presentation - Waste Warrior Brands in Belgium – Too Good To Go
    • Presentation - Hungary: Voluntary agreements in practice – National Food Chain Safety Office and Hungarian Food Bank Association
    • Presentation - Greece: Alliance for the Reduction of Food Waste: setting up, first achievements, challenges ahead – Boroume
    • Presentation - Italy: Preventing and reducing food waste through voluntary agreements: an overview of the Italian case – University of Bologna
    • Presentation - Italy: The National Observatory on Food Waste: data and perspectives – CREA Food and Nutrition
    • Presentation - FOODRUS Cooperation and Collaboration Network on food loss and waste (CCN) – ELIKA