International Food Waste Awareness Day: Former Foodstuff Processing contribution to tackle food waste

In the context of the 3rd FAO International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste on 29 September 2022, EFFPA has published new videos, in 7 languages, to explain former foodstuff processing. In this process, food losses emerging at food manufacturer and retail level are processed to be used as feed ingredients for food-producing animals. Examples of former foodstuffs are bread, biscuits, breakfast cereals, pasta and confectionery.
The videos demonstrate the contribution the former foodstuffs processing sector makes to prevent food waste from occurring by giving food losses a purpose as feed for animals, who produce animal products such as meat, milk and eggs. As the videos highlight, food manufacturers and retailers will always first consider food donation possibilities. Also, former foodstuff processors do not process any food losses that contain meat or fish. Each year, EFFPA estimates that 5 million tons of former foodstuffs are used for animal feed in Europe.

EFFPA members are very proud to publish 7 translated versions of our video in order to be closer to the European public and to explain the pivotal role former foodstuff processors play in preventing food waste. Furthermore, the video underlines that the feed produced by former foodstuff processors from food losses is very sustainable and perfectly suitable for carbon emissions reduction strategies for animal products. Former foodstuff processing is in the heart of the circular food economy and ensures nutrient use in the food chain is optimised. The estimated 5 Million tons processed every year in Europe are a concrete contribution toward sustainable food systems and a circular bioeconomy in Europe.

EFFPA President Valentina Massa: “According to the FAO, 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year in the world. This is unacceptable and we must fight against this situation, especially when food security is a crucial matter of concern. Former foodstuff processing is a concrete means for Europeans to reach feed autonomy while contributing to more sustainable food systems. Circularity is the main asset to face short-term & long-term challenges of our food sectors, and EFFPA members are frontline actors on this pathway.”

The video has been translated into the following languages:
 Belgium Dutch:
 Netherlands Dutch: