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Jun 26, 2014

Proposed Law: Jail for selling food after the expiry date

The Knesset passed the initial draft reading of a new law proposal that would make it illegal to see food past its date of expiry. Violation of this would be punishable by up to a year in prison. The law was proposed by MKs Yariv Levin (Likud Beyteynu) and Amnon Cohen (Shas)

The proposal explains that selling expired food is dangerous to the public. Responsibility for selling expired food must be placed on the authorities selling and marketing these foods, so that they will stop.

The initial vote passed by a count of 41-0, and will now be prepared for adjustments and further voting.
sources: INN and Kikar

this will hurt some of those low end stores meant to help the needy. some of what they sell so cheap in low socio-economic neighborhoods is products that have passed the expiry date, or are about to expire. But this is good, and it is a bit surprising it is not already the law. Sometimes expired food does not present a problem, but sometimes it can make people sick.

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