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Nestle and Tesco pledge to tackle ‘moral scandal’ of food waste

Waste not: Ken Hom and Angela Hartnett cooking at Step Up To The Plate PICTURE: GETTY FOR FREUDS

FOOD giant Nestle as well as major supermarkets and leading chefs have pledged to help halve food waste by 2030.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose were among those at a Step Up To The Plate event at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum yesterday promising to take action over the ‘scandal’ of food waste.

Pledge: Chefs Thomasina Miers and Anna Jones at the event PICTURE: PA

Environment secretary Michael Gove told delegates ‘millions of tonnes of good, nutritious food is thrown away’ every year. ‘This is an environmental, economic and moral scandal,’ he added.

The government’s food surplus champion Ben Elliot said: ‘Businesses throw away food worth £5billion and £15billion is wasted from our homes — the emissions this creates is the equivalent of every third car on the road. We simply must put an end to this.’