Naked loaves

Samantha Rina, Koronivia | Thursday, August 10, 2017
ON my last two visits to a popular and beloved bakery, I was surprised when the cashier placed the long loaves I'd ordered on the counter - without any packaging - then asked me if I'd like to pay for plastic bags to pack the loaves in.

Obviously, I wasn't going to pass up on some freshly baked bread and I wasn't ready to juggle eight warm loaves out of the shop anyway, so I had to pay for the plastic bag levy.

I'm confused about the application of the plastic bag levy for food items that don't have primary packaging.

At the said bakery, sliced bread, buns and scones were packed in handle-less plastic bags. I don't quite understand why long loaves aren't primarily packaged in the same manner then offered to customers, who then decide if they'd like a plastic carry bag, if they've bought a lot of items and require a plastic bag with handle.

I, for one, certainly wouldn't like to pack fresh loaves in a recycled bag. It's food that isn't going to be washed or peeled but eaten straightaway. Imagine, if people had to carry potatoes out of a supermarket because there was no primary packaging and they just didn't have 10c extra to buy a carry bag!

I'm hoping this practice at the bakery is all a misinterpretation of the plastic bag levy but can FRCS further clarify if the introduction of the new plastic bag levy means bakeries and other businesses can now forego primary packaging of goods, in this case food items like long loaves?

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