MEPs have called on the EU to step up its actions on fighting the 88 million tonnes of food wasted in Europe every year, voting in proposals this week that will go to the European Parliament next month.

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) unanimously approved the proposals on tackling food waste on Tuesday (11 April).

The report notes that currently there is no specific hierarchy for the management of food waste at EU level. Other issues raised include the lack of a common, consistent definition of ‘food waste’ or a common methodology for measuring waste at EU level, a lack of understanding and education on food waste and date marking and barriers making it harder for surplus food to be redistributed to those in need.