European Union Committee - Tenth Report
Counting the Cost of Food Waste: EU Food Waste Prevention

Here you can browse the report which was ordered by the House of Lords to be printed 18 March 2014.


Terms of Reference


Chapter 1: Introduction

The impetus behind the inquiry

Evolving European policy

The food waste debate context

What the inquiry covers

Our aim

Chapter 2: Defining, monitoring, and setting targets for food waste

Defining food waste

Figure 1: The language of food waste along the supply chain

Box 1: FAO definition of food waste

Monitoring of food waste throughout the supply chain  

The current state of EU food waste statistics

Figure 2: EU-27 food waste arisings, percentage (%) weight by sector

Data reporting

Box 2: Norwegian ForMat project

Funding data collection

Taking action


Chapter 3: Food waste from farm to fork

Figure 3: Interactions throughout the supply chain

The role of the consumer in the home

Box 3: North London 'Love Food Hate Waste' project

Retailers and consumers

Box 4: 'Best before', 'use by' and 'sell by' dates

Retailers and producers

The hospitality and food service sector

Improving supply chain cooperation

Box 5: WRAP Product Sustainability Forum Pathfinder project: resource efficiency in the potato supply chain

The Groceries Code Adjudicator

Box 6: UK Groceries Code Adjudicator

Chapter 4: EU regulation

The impact of EU regulation on food waste

Common Agricultural Policy

Ban on the discard of fish

Animal feed

Food hygiene regulations

Box 7: US Good Samaritan Food Donation Act (1996)

Food Information for Consumers Regulation

Packaging and Waste Packaging Directive

Chapter 5: Respecting the 'waste hierarchy'

Figure 4: The 'waste hierarchy'

Figure 5: The 'food use hierarchy'

Box 8: Anaerobic digestion and in-vessel composting  

Chapter 6: Strategic EU role

Box 9: Horizon 2020

Chapter 7: Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: List of abbreviations

Appendix 5: WRAP initiatives and programmes

Appendix 6: Summary of FUSIONS

Appendix 7: Summary of food waste data types and sources

Appendix 8: List of food waste initiatives and programmes across the EU

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7219 5314)

References in footnotes to the Report are as follows:

Q refers to a question in oral evidence.

Witness names without a question reference refer to written evidence.


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