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Anti-food Waste Law of the People's Republic of China.

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This Law, consisting of 32 Articles, is enacted in accordance with the Constitution, aiming at preventing food waste, guaranteeing grain security of the state, carrying forward traditional virtues of the Chinese nation, saving resources, protecting the environment, and promoting sustainable economic and social development.
Food waste mentioned in the Law means the failure to reasonably utilize safe edible or drinkable food according to its functions and purposes, including abandonment, or reduction in quantity or deterioration of quality of food due to unreasonable utilization, among others.
The development and reform department of the State Council shall strengthen the organization and coordination of the anti-food waste work nationwide, and analyze and assess food waste situation each year, make overall arrangements on the anti-food waste work. The market regulatory department of the State Council shall strengthen the supervision of anti-food waste by food producers and dealers, and urge food producers and dealers to implement anti-food waste measures. The grain and material reserves department of the state shall strengthen the administration of grain conservation and damage reduction in the process of grain warehousing and circulation, and shall, jointly with the relevant departments of the State Council, arrange for the implementation of grain storage, transport and processing standards. Units, households and individuals that produce food waste shall perform their duty to reduce the amount of food waste at the source in accordance with the law. The food shelf life should be set scientifically and reasonably, clearly marked, and easy to be identified.
The Law further makes provisions, inter alia, for: the monitoring of nutritional status and the popularization of nutritional knowledge so as to guide citizens to form scientific eating habits, measures to support scientific research and technological development activities to prevent food waste, tax policies that are conducive to preventing food waste; offences and penalties.
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