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Charities to receive food after minimum durability

The amendment also redefines rules for retailers and food producers.

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Retail chains will be able to donate food with expired minimum durability to charity organisations. This will be possible thanks to an amendment to the law on food which President Andrej Kiska signed into law on December 20.

The amendment should contribute to reducing the losses and waste of food, says the submitter of the amendment, the Agriculture Ministry.

“It changes the possibilities to use food with expired minimum durability within the global trend of reducing the losses and waste of food, including placing responsibility for the safety of such food,” the ministry claimed, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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The amendment also removes the duty of sellers with an annual turnover exceeding €10 million to publish the percentage of sales of food produced in Slovakia. The change responds to the recommendation of the European Union.

The changes also target the inspection of food sold at a distance, such as liquors. It also obliges entrepreneurs and companies that carry out food analysis to report any harmful food to the inspectorate.

On the other hand, small food producers will not have to state the nutrition information of small amounts of food or state the allergens on unpackaged food, TASR reported.

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