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Available Expert - Walmart accused of excess food waste

Monday, October 24, 2016

Queen’s University food researcher Scott Lougheed is available for comment on a former Walmart employee speaking out against disturbing food waste. The worker says on nearly every shift, he saw loads of food being dumped in the trash.

“Retailers disposing of so-called ‘unsaleable’ products or excess products, many of which are perfectly safe, is an unpleasant reality of our food system,” says Mr. Lougheed. “Retailers wield considerable power, and in many cases food producers will significantly over-produce to avoid extremely high fines for falling short on their contracts with retailers. While much of the food in compactors (dumpsters) behind retailers may be ‘safe’, food retailers also regularly dispose of recall foods in those same dumpsters, making recovery efforts such as dumpster-diving a potentially risky business.”

CBC is airing a full investigation on Friday, October 28.

Mr. Lougheed is a PhD candidate in environmental studies with a focus on food and food safety. Please note he is currently located in the United States and is available by phone, Skype or email.

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