A non-governmental organization which promotes food recycling in Hong Kong said it received 200 kilos of potatoes on Friday after a supermarket rejected the goods because they were “not good looking” enough.
A logistics company donated the potatoes from Japan to Food Grace rather than throw them away, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Food Grace project manager Yuen Tak-chi said the shipment was meant to be disposed of after it was rejected by the unnamed supermarket.
All the potatoes were distributed to citizens in need free of charge on the same day.
Yuen said similar incidents of food products being rejected because of less than ideal appearances are taking place on a daily basis.
Last week, Food Grace accepted 1.5 tons of penne pasta which was deemed to have the incorrect ridges during production.
The lot was also handed out to people free of charge.
Food Grace said it has recycled more than 740 tons of food in Hong Kong since 2009. The amount of food recycled in 2016 exceeded 240 tons, up 85 percent from the previous year, news website hk01.com reports.
Yuen said it is common for supermarkets to order excessive amounts of foodstuff and the rejects from the same lots are discarded.
Many other food items end up in refuse collection points without anyone noticing, Yuen said.
Yuen said the government should consider a food waste tax to discourage waste.
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