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2.5 million lbs of food wasted each week

A study by the United Nations for the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) revealed that every week the Dominican Republic loses 2.5 million pounds of food along different stages of the food chain. The wasted food could be redistributed to reduce hunger. According to El Nuevo Diario, the report released at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 highlighted that in the Constanza area alone 1,100 tons of food were lost each week, and restaurants lose a further 20 tons each week. Vice President Margarita Cedeno said that 20 tons of food could feed 10,000 people a day. The Vice President is working to expand the Food Bank that delivers food to poor people and institutions. According to a press release from the Presidential Palace, the FAO study will help the government by identifying the areas with the greatest food losses. According to the study supermarkets, colmados, food processors and food importers, which work with “sell by” dates are the source of 37% of the losses. Nearly half of the losses (43%) are caused by bruising and physical imperfections. In the case of hotels and restaurants the preparation of food that is not consumed results in a loss of 37% of the food they handle.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

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