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Council eyes food waste

The Shanghai Consumer Council launched a “clean plate” campaign yesterday ahead of the China International Import Expo, calling on catering businesses and consumers to avoid food waste.

In a proposal made by the council and Meituan, consumers are encouraged to order reasonable amounts of food when dining out, practice good table manners, use separate spoons and chopsticks to take food from shared dishes, and pack unfinished food for take-away.

“We also propose that catering businesses provide information on the size of dishes to consumers, remind consumers to order properly, and remind them to carry unfinished food home when they pay the bill,” said Tao Ailian, secretary-general of the council.

“Restaurants should step up promotion and they are encouraged to offer incentives to diners to promote the campaign and a ‘green and healthy’ dining concept,” she added.

Thirty catering businesses with about 3,000 outlets across the city have joined the campaign.

The council said that it will investigate food waste at restaurants and guide consumers to consume rationally.


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