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New law forces supermarket bosses to donate unsold food to charities or face jail

By Mason White 5:12 PM February 7, 2016
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By: Mahesh Sarin
Supermarket bosses in France, are now forced to donate their unsold food or face fines and even jail time.

France has become the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate to charities and food banks.

Under a law passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday, large stores will no longer be allowed to throw away food approaching their expiration date.

Supermarkets will also be prohibited to deliberately destroy food items.

Until now, supermarkets poured bleach on food items that were thrown into garbage bins so that people should not be able to eat them.

Some supermarkets deliberately locked their garbage bins so that people cannot access them.

According to the new law, the bosses of supermarkets must sign contracts with charities or face sanctions, including fines of up to $80,000 and up to two years in prison.