SA wastes 9 million tonnes of food annually

Salad ingredients. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - As the country faces possible food security issues it has emerged that South Africa wastes an estimated 9 million tonnes of food every year.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) said on Friday this amount of food was lost throughout the supply chain from agriculture to consumption.

At least 27 percent of wastage takes place during processing and packaging.

Scientist Suzan Oelofse told the Kieno Kammies Show on 567 CapeTalk the CSIR was trying to find ways to reduce the wastage.

“From international literature it is quite obvious that improving the cooling of food right through the supply chain is one issue that perhaps can reduce food wastage.” 

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)