Food redistribution

Food redistribution is a process whereby surplus food that might otherwise be wasted is recovered, collected and provided to people, in particular to those in need.

‘Recovery of safe and nutritious food for human consumption’ is to receive, with or without payment, food (processed, semi-processed or raw) which would otherwise be discarded or wasted from the agricultural, livestock and fisheries supply chains of the food system. ‘Redistribution of safe and nutritious food for human consumption’ is to store or process and then distribute the received food pursuant to appropriate safety, quality and regulatory frameworks directly or through intermediaries, and with or without payment, to those having access to it for food intake.

The redistribution of surplus food is covered by the General Food Law. Operations related to the supply of food, whether for profit or not, are clearly considered as ‘placing on the market’ of food: — ‘placing on the market’ means the holding of food or feed for the purpose of sale, including offering for sale or any other form of transfer, whether free of charge or not, and the sale, distribution, and other forms of transfer themselves. Organisations which receive food surplus – be they redistribution organisations (ROs) or charity organisations (COs) – are to be considered as food business operators under the General Food Law.