Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

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Edible but Unmarketable Food

  • Alicia Arroyo Aparicio
  • Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_556-1

Synonyms

Introduction

Edible but unmarketable food is an expression used to refer to food – both processed and unprocessed – that, destined for human consumption, is no longer on the market. In other words, this is food that was originally cultivated, maybe even processed, packaged, and/or transported to habitual sale and distribution points in order to be consumed by an end user, but exits the normal process of commercialization at some stage of said process. In most countries of the world, although more clearly in the countries of the Global North, there is legislation that excludes from the market products that are not safe (in the EU, for instance, this is known as the Hygiene Package) and, in turn, there is a wide range of technical regulations which specify when food may be considered to be in this state. It should be made clear that edible but unmarketable food fulfils these safety criteria, but becomes unmarketable due to other reasons or circumstances.

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Keywords

Edible but unmarketable food Food donation Samaritan Food Donation Laws Consumer Waste prevention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alicia Arroyo Aparicio
    • 1
  • Leire Escajedo San-Epifanio
    • 2
  1. 1.Facultad de Derecho UNEDMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Constitutional Law and History of Political Thought and of Social and Political MovementsUniversity of the Basque CountryBilbaoSpain