Best Practices in Turkey

Neural Network (NN)

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TARGET: Improve, enhance and monitor safe and nutritious food recovery and redistribution systems for direct human consumption.

Food banking in Turkey was regulated for the first time under Law 5179 (the Food Production, Consumption and Supervision Law). However, Law 5996 (the Veterinary Services, Plant Health, Food and Feed Law), which amended Law 5179, does not make reference to food banking activities. Regardless, registered and active food banks exist and official controls regarding food safety are handled by the MAF. Reviewing current legislation and making necessary improvements with the relevant stakeholders is necessary to ensure a better functioning food banking system and to facilitate other models of recovery and redistribution of safe and nutritious food for direct human consumption. Furthermore, food donation brings various challenges such as conflict of interest and unfair gain. In order to minimize the risk of abuse, food banks, as well as any other recovery and redistribution activities that accept food donations and distribute donated foods to those in need, should be monitored, controlled and recorded by the relevant public institutions. Thus, food donors should work with food banks, and other methods of recovery and redistribution that are sure to carry out their activities in an appropriate manner and ensure the sustainability of the system. Consumer protection must be ensured at all times. Improve the food recovery and redistribution system.

Action 1:

Review current regulations to ensure the most sustainable model for the food banking system and define the necessary legal and institutional infrastructure, auditing and budget systems; draft and publish the amending regulation on the national food banking system.

Action 2

Organize workshops with stakeholders to improve the food banking system in Turkey and define the most sustainable mode.

Action 3

Prepare a national software to install and coordinate the national food bank network that involves tracking, monitoring and evaluating donations, food banks and beneficiaries without violating the confidentiality of personal information