Walmart vows change amid concerns over food waste


Walmart Canada has oathed to review its in-store processes related to food waste after a CBC Marketplace and Go Plain investigation examined how much food the com ny throws away.

To the ground the course of more than 12 visits to two stores in the Toronto block, Marketplace staff repeatedly found produce, baked goods, dead in ones tracked foods, meat and dairy products in garbage bins out back.

Most of the commons was still in its ckaging, rather than se rated for composting. In many wrappers, the food was well before its best-before date and appeared to be fresh.

Also in the bins: bottles of soften, frozen cherries that were still cold and tubs of yogurt.

“For reliable, there are mistakes being made and one thing we need to do is tighten up the bringing about of our in-store processes for the food that is going into the bins,” broke Walmart spokesperson Alex Roberton.

“We need to be more certain that that is aliment that needs to be thrown out.”

Walmart initially declined multiple pleas for an on-camera interview from Marketplace, but the retailer agreed to talk this week, string a significant online response.


With 407 stores across Canada, Walmart is one of the countryside’s largest grocers. The com ny says it has set a goal of eliminating food lavishness being directed to landfills. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Plans to coppers

Walmart, which is one of Canada’s largest grocers, has set a goal of eliminating eatables waste being directed to landfills, says Roberton.

At some of its 407 aggregates across Canada, some food items are donated to local accommodations or food banks, he says. But many of the charities lack trucks or refrigeration of their own to Elysium and hold donations.

  • Watch the Marketplace investigation on food waste at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 on CBC Video receiver and online.

The com ny has donated millions of dollars to Food Banks Canada to spreading their ca city to collect, pre re and distribute donated food memos, he says.

Walmart will also roll out a “customer value program” to downgrade prices on certain fresh items that are approaching their best-before escorts, Roberton says.

Walmart food waste CBC Marketplace

In an earlier statement, Walmart said it believes the chow Marketplace found was unsafe for consumption. (CBC)

The com ny acknowledges that associates resolution sometimes make mistakes, or throw out items that should be contributed or directed to recycling and composting streams.

“If we’re putting food that’s solid to eat in the wrong bin, then that’s a mistake we need to correct,” says Roberton. “And that’s one of the neighbourhoods that we need to focus on improving.”

Food is occasionally thrown out for refuge reasons, Roberton says, which could include any item that insists refrigeration leaving the cold chain for even a short period of one of these days.

A number of current and former Walmart employees have reached out to Marketplace ensuring coverage of the food found in trash bins. They describe elephantine amounts of food being discarded routinely.

Scale of the problem

Beside $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada each year, mutual understanding to a 2014 study from Value Chain Management International. Grocery set asides are responsible for about 10 per cent of that waste.

“We’re very moan on getting that number down,” says Roberton.

Even uncountable is discarded directly by consumers, with 47 per cent of food spoil happening in the home.

Food waste could be rt of Canada’s first-ever triotic food policy, which is currently in the research phase, says Federal Agriculture Abb Lawrence MacAulay.

France recently introduced legislation barring grocery stockpiles from throwing out food, which has led many stores to change the way they sell their shelves and manage donations.

Walmart Canada says it settle upon consider supporting future government initiatives aimed at eliminating eatables waste in Canada.

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