Three major US government agencies have partnered with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) to combat food waste.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will attempt to formalise industry education alongside the founding members of the FWRA.
The partnership represents the latest step in the three agencies ‘Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative’ launched in 2018.
US secretary of agriculture, Sonny Perdue, said: “USDA shares many common goals with the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, including our belief in the power of teamwork.
“We are proud to join this public-private partnership to prompt action throughout the food system.”
The FWRA was formed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute, and the National Restaurant Association in an attempt to reduce the amount of food waste produced while also increasing the volume of safe food sent to those in need.
FDA acting commissioner, Ned Sharpless MD, said: “The issues of food waste and food safety go hand in hand and we will continue to work with our federal partners and other stakeholders on enhancing our efforts to reduce food waste and do it safely.
“We are committed to doing all that we can to support safe and sound food policy decisions that are good for our families, good for our communities, and good for our planet.”
EPA administrator, Andrew Wheeler, added: “Reducing food loss and waste has many environmental and social benefits. “By collaborating with these major segments of the food supply chain, we are making progress toward the national goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by 2030.”