With the aim of reducing the use of single-use packaging, Canadian supermarket chain Metro has announced that it will allow its customers in Quebec to bring reusable containers from home for items such as meat, seafood, deli products, and prepared foods.
However, there are a few rules that the staff and the customers are required to keep in mind-
- Containers must be clean and staff can refuse to fill if they’re not clean enough.
- Plastic containers and ziplock bags are allowed, as long as they do not have a ‘company name’ on them.
- The staff responsible for filling containers must wash their hands frequently and ensure that the containers do not touch food preparation surfaces.
As of now, the program is limited to Quebec but Sylvain Charlebois, a food safety and policy researcher from Dalhousie University in Halifax, says “it’s only a matter of time before other national grocery chains follow suit, taking into account each province’s food safety legislation.”