Edible food is food intended for people to eat, including food not sold because of appearance, age, freshness, grade, surplus, etc. Edible food includes, but is not limited to, prepared foods, packaged foods and produce. All edible food must meet the food safety requirements of the California Retail Food Code (PDF).
What is "edible food recovery"?
To reduce unnecessary food waste and help address food insecurity, SB 1383 requires that by 2025, the State of California recover and redistribute 20 percent of edible food that would have otherwise been sent to landfills. SB 1383 directs that:
Jurisdictions establish food recovery programs and strengthen existing recovery networks
Edible food generators, who qualify as Tier 1 and Tier 2 Generators (described below), recover the maximum amount of edible food that would otherwise be landfilled or spoiled
Food recovery organizations, edible food generators and jurisdictions maintain complete records of the quantity and types of food recovered.
Under SB 1383, the City of Citrus Heights has implemented