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Supermarket for expired food becomes popular in Denmark

Staff Writer |
A supermarket selling expired food for charity was such a success that it has opened a second store in the Danish capital.

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"Wefood sells goods that regular supermarkets can no longer sell due to overdue 'best before' dates, incorrect labels or damaged packaging," said DanChurchAid, a charity organization that manages Wefood.

The first Wefood store was opened in February in Copenhagen and quickly became popular. Therefore DanChurchAid has opened another one this month.

"The products found in Wefood are still edible and safe to consume according to the Danish food legislation, but have simply lost their value to the partner donating them," said the organization in a statement.

Selling expired food is legal in Denmark as long as it is clearly marked and it carries no health risk.

Sold at 30-50 percent of the market prices, products vary from day to day, depending on donations from producers, import and export companies and local supermarkets.

According to DanChurchAid, the profit would be used on its charity work, providing emergency aid and social protection, as well as promoting agro-ecological production projects.

In a bid to stop the waste of food, similar stores have also been opened in Britain and the United States, while France even passed a law in February banning supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food.

One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

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