Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) is today welcoming reports that Tesco supermarket is to launch a new scheme to donate leftover food to charity.
Mr McMillan has been campaigning for action to be taken to address the issue of food wastage and raised the matter with the Scottish Government.
Recently, legislation has been passed in France making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away or destroy unsold food
Mr McMillan said:
“I am pleased to learn that Tesco is to launch a new scheme to donate leftover food to charity. This move is a welcomed step and demonstrates that supermarkets can ensure that food is not wasted.
“I was recently made aware by ASDA that they do not send any of their food wastage to landfill and donate thousands of tons of food to good causes.
“These measures are steps in the right direction and I hope other supermarkets will take similar action.
“We must never forget that currently thousands of our fellow Scots are reliant upon Foodbanks and Foodshare organisations. Therefore, I believe as politicians we must do all that we can to tackle the issue of food wastage and I will continue to raise this issue in public.”