Consumption. Many fruits and vegetables sold without plastic packaging from 2022

Zucchini in trays, it’s over soon! From 2022, many unprocessed fresh fruits and vegetables can no longer be sold in plastic in France, with tolerances until 2026 for the most fragile such as red fruits, according to a government press release on Monday, unveiled on Sunday by the French government. JDD.

What foods will be affected?

For vegetables, leeks, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, round tomatoes, onions, turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, squash, parsnip, radish, Jerusalem artichoke, root vegetables must be on the shelves without plastic packaging.

For fruits, apples, pears, oranges, clementines, kiwis, mandarins, lemons, grapefruits, plums, melons, pineapples, mangoes, passion fruit and persimmons are affected by the ban.

Why such a measure?

While 37% of fruits and vegetables are now sold in packaging, the measure targeting thirty of them “should make it possible to avoid more than a billion unnecessary plastic packaging each year”, hopes the government. The decree setting these rules will be published on Tuesday.

The three signatory ministries (Economy, Ecological Transition, Agriculture and Food) note in their press release that the date of entry into force is set for January 1, 2022 “as provided for by the law on the fight against waste and the economy circular of February 2020, known as the AGEC law “.

Tolerances for the most fragile foods

For fruits and vegetables “presenting a significant risk of deterioration of their sale in bulk”, the decree grants until June 30, 2026 to find alternative solutions. Thus certain varieties of tomatoes (rib, long, cherry or cocktail), early onions and turnips, Brussels sprouts, green beans, grapes, peaches, nectarines and apricots will have a right to plastic until June 30, 2023.

As for vegetables, endives, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms, potatoes and early carrots, salad, lamb’s lettuce, young shoots, aromatic herbs, spinach, sorrel, edible flowers, and mung bean sprouts can remain in plastic until December 31, 2024 As well as cherries, cranberries, cranberries and physalis.

The longest exemptions are given to fully ripe fruits, sprouted seeds, and red fruits which have until June 30, 2026 to get rid of plastic. A period of six months is also granted for “disposal of packaging stocks”.

Food plastic packaging is the primary user of the plastic produced in the world. In France, 45.5% of the consumption of plastics is used to manufacture packaging, according to the Heinrich Boll foundation.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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