Definition of Food Loss and Waste

Under the Save Food initiative of which Think Eat Save is an important component, FAO, UNEP and stakeholders have agreed the following definition of food loss and waste.

  1. Food loss refers to a decrease in quantity or quality of food. Food Loss inthe production and distribution segments of the food supply chain is mainly caused by the functioning of the food production and supply system or its institutional and legal framework.
  2. Animportant part of food loss is called foodwaste, which refers to the removal of food from the food supply chain which is fit for consumption, or which has spoiled or expired, mainly caused by economic behaviour, poor stock management or neglect.

Please click here for the full Definitional Framework of Food Loss.

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