The subject of the first event organized by the HCSFO (Hungarian Food Chain Safety Office) Round Table was the reduction of the amount of food waste, in which both distributors and charities as well as representatives of public authorities and legislators took part.
One of the most important topics of the first roundtable was the usability of more long-lasting foods and ingredients that have an expiry date but do not present a food safety risk. Improvement of differentiation among various expiry dates, the addition of a possible alternative marking and more effective communication with consumers were also mentioned.
Besides the Ministry of Agriculture’s and HCSFO’s specialists, the Hungarian Food Bank Association, the National Association of Food Processors and, through the representatives of Tesco and Spar, the trade side were also represented at the round table discussion, enabling the thorough examination of the opportunities and obstacles of food waste reduction to be carried out genuinely from all sides and all points of view.
Quarterly roundtable events provide opportunities to discuss legal, organizational or communication problems that companies complying with the law face regularly during their operation. The goal is that the topics of the events are always adapted to the needs of businesses and the current challenges in the food sector.