Lords EU Committee hears from Keep Britain Tidy and packaging bodies

20 November 2013

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy will tomorrow take evidence from charities working on environmental and food poverty causes and industry representatives from the food packaging industry.

The Committee are looking into the EU's contribution to food waste prevention in light of its aspiration to half food waste by 2020.


Wednesday 20 November, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am:

  • Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive Officer, FareShare
  • Tim Burns, Evidence and Policy Manager, Keep Britain Tidy
  • Jeanette Longfield MBE, Co-ordinator, Sustain

At 11.30am:

  • Jane Bickerstaffe, Director, Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN)
  • Simon Oxley, Member for the INCPEN Board (representing Marks & Spencer), Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN)
  • Alan Davey, Director of Innovation, LINPAC Packaging
  • Dick Searle, Chief Executive, The Packaging Federation

In the first evidence session the Committee will focus on how food waste is defined and the difference between food waste at the end of the supply chain and food loss at earlier stages as well as the food safety regulations and whether they inhibit charities from re-distributing unsold food to those in need.

In the second session the Committee will quiz the witnesses on what contribution packaging can make to ensure food stays fresh for longer and whether the European Commission's target of a 50% reduction in food waste by 2020 is realistic or whether it would be better to have a less ambitious by legally binding target.

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