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Japan's edible waste becomes sought-after pig feed

TOKYO -- As much as 8 million tons of edible food is discarded by convenience store chains, department stores and elsewhere in Japan every year simply because it is approaching its sell-by date. Rather than letting such food go to waste, one company is turning it into healthy, low-cost pig feed.

Still-edible breads and sandwiches are discarded simply because they are close to their expiration date.

     Japan Food Ecology Center's food-recycling plant in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, receives up to 32 tons of food waste a day from about 180 operators. This includes unsold or close-to-date prepared food from department stores and convenience store chains, as well as waste from food-processing plants.

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