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05/04/2017 - Stop Food Wastage During Ministry or Department Meetings

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 5 --  Avoid serving food for ministry or department meetings especially if they are held just after lunch to prevent wastage.

Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said, based on his observations in some meetings, food served were left untouched which eventually led to needless waste.

“If you can avoid that and if possible don’t serve any (food) especially if you have meeting immediately after lunch. We should stop serving food, maybe just mineral water if you need to,” he said.

Talking to reporters after launching the MYSaveFood campaign for civil servants here today, Ali said several ministries had adopted the concept and other agencies were encouraged to emulate it.

He said the ministries need not issue a guideline on the MYSaveFood concept as it was adequate for secretary generals and head of departments to make it the aim of their organisation.

Ali, in the meantime, urged all the 1.6 million civil servants to play a role in the MYSaveFood campaign with the “Stop Wastage, Stop Hunger” slogan by avoiding food wastage.

“The campaign is not only for civil servants but also brings an awareness to their families which number about five million people,” he said.

The campaign, which was kicked off by the Agriculture and Agro-Based Ministry in March last year, targeted a 50 per cent reduction in food wastage in Malaysia by 2030 in line with the global “Save Food” objective headed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Ali said, according to FAO statistics, about 21,000 people died daily from starvation and 795 million people or 10 per cent of the world’s populace faced a problem of vitamin deficiency.

However, he said the world produced 1.3 billion metric tonnes of organic waste with an estimated loss of RM4.4 trillion a year.

It is estimated that Malaysians dumped 15,000 metric tonnes of organic waste daily with more than 3,000 metric tonnes being food which could still be eaten, involving a wastage of RM6 million, he added.

— Bernama