“There are examples of disproportionately large packaging in most shelves, including brands that pride themselves on beautiful ecological principles,” denounced the consumer NGO in a statement and a petition on Thursday.
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She throws “a double rant” against certain brands of food products. The consumer NGO Foodwatch, specialized in the denunciation of food fraud, launches a petition, Thursday September 17, against packaging “disproportionate”, “full of emptiness” on the shelves of French supermarkets.
“Not only do some manufacturers create unnecessary waste with packages that are far too large, but in doing so, they sparkle more food than is actually present in the packages.”, denounces the NGO in a press release.
After complaints from “several consumers”, Foodwatch “went to check in supermarkets and, above all, compared the products with each other”, specifies the press release. Result: “almost all departments are affected by this excess packaging and these ’empty’ products “, notes Camille Dorioz, campaign manager at Foodwatch, quoted in the press release. “Offering unnecessarily large packaging is not illegal, but it is time to put an end to these abusive practices”, insists the organization.
In order to “put an end to these abuses”, the NGO is launching a petition targeting seven brands in particular: “Lipton (43% empty), Léa Nature (58%), Sojasun (34%), Monoprix (35%), Barilla (60%), Carrefour (50%) and Leclerc (68%)”.
Foodwatch notably develops the example of Monoprix, criticizing the fact that the brand places “judiciously a big label on its spice jar which hides a quarter of ’empty'”. Monoprix “apparently sells its product individually less than its competitors”, But “in reality, the distributor offers a smaller quantity which turns out to be much more expensive (…) if we compare the price per kilo”. “It’s a real scam”, deplores the NGO.
Faced with this observation, the association for the defense of consumers undertakes, with its petition, to “lobby” on these seven brands, by sending an email to their leaders every day. The objective: that these companies commit “to reduce to the strict minimum the use and the size of the packaging of their products”.