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waste > type of waste > food waste

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food waste  


  • waste composed of raw or cooked food materials and includes food materials discarded before, during or after food preparation, in the process of manufacturing, distribution, retail or food service activities, and includes materials such as vegetable peelings, meat trimmings, and spoiled or excess ingredients or prepared food

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  • Improved definition (EN only): A decrease, at all stages of the food chain from harvest to consumption, in mass, of food that was originally intended for human consumption, regardless of the cause

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