Brazil: Policy Highlights and Opportunities
Each year, approximately 26.3 million tons of food in Brazil are either lost or wasted along the supply chain. The benefits of greater food recovery and donation are particularly apparent in Brazil, where an estimated 61.3 million people face food insecurity. The government of Brazil has prioritized food insecurity and food loss and waste (FLW) reduction as part of its national policy agenda.
Atlas Research: Brazil
Brazil research was published in February 2024 and made possible with the support of on-site partners, including Sesc Mesa Brasil.
Brazil offers liability protections for food donations through the Food Waste and Donation Law.
The Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) released a Guide for Food Donation with Sanitary Safety with best practices regarding procedures and methods to maintain food safety when food is donated.
Policy Opportunities and Recommendations
To ensure that quality-based date labels do not cause disposal of safe food, the Brazilian government should implement a standard, dual-labeling system that clearly distinguishes between quality and safety-based dates.
Food Waste Deterrence
The Brazilian government should adopt nationwide policies that would require the donation of surplus food or impose monetary penalties for food that is sent to landfills.