The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has finalized a draft regulation to restrict wastage of leftover food at restaurants, hotels, and banquets.
Under the direction of the Lahore High Court (LHC), the authority conducted a meeting on PFA Disposal of Excess Food Regulation 2019. In the meeting, Members of the LHC-constituted commission, hotel and restaurant representatives, and other senior officials were also present.
The meeting deliberated on the proposals for better and efficient use of leftover food. Presently, the leftover food gets wasted because there are no proper regulations, food handling, collection, and distribution systems.
According to some estimates, around 36 million tons of food is wasted in Pakistan annually, while 43 percent of the country’s population does not have proper access to food.
The latest edition of the Global Hunger Index 2018 revealed that Pakistan ranks at 106th place out of a total of 119 countries. The ranking includes Pakistan in the list of countries with ‘serious’ hunger level.
Certain statistics have shown that food that gets wasted in post-harvest, processing, distribution, and consumption almost amounts to the demand of the entire population of Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi.
Some statistics point out the fact that tons of kilograms food gets wasted in restaurants and hotels daily.