Food stamp users can now go ahead and indulge in what’s popular in Brazil — food.
Brazil’s government said on Tuesday it is introducing new rules to curb food waste in the country, a country that has been plagued by a food crisis since it entered recession in 2014.
The country has about 20 million people, which means the country has the third-largest population of any country in the world after China and the United States.
Brazil has had to address food waste by introducing an initiative that requires businesses to pay for the use of foodstuffs and restaurants to get rid of their excess food.
The government said the new rules, which are currently being reviewed, will increase the cost of food for households.
Brazilians will have to pay an additional 3.2 percent tax on food they buy.
Food companies, meanwhile, will have 60 days to get their food to their customers.
Brazilians also have to get more fruits and vegetables to their tables, which is a major cause of food waste.
This month, Brazilian food companies spent $12.2 billion on marketing and production costs, according to government data.