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France to ban plastic packaging for fruit and vegetables

The French government wants to phase out the sale of fruit and vegetables wrapped in plastic and has issued a put-on-market ban, which will come into force next year.

According to government estimates, the ban will help to prevent one billion items of packaging per year.

The ban covers the sale of unprocessed fresh fruit and vegetables packaged in plastic. About 30 types are affected, including salad, spinach, tomatoes, peaches and nectarines. Products that are sold in bulk or can deteriorate – for example, strawberries or raspberries – are exempt.

The regulations formally come into force on 1 January 2022. However, the put-on-market bans will not apply immediately, but will be phased in to give industry sufficient time to develop environmentally friendly alternatives.


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