You are not liable for any risk associated with your donation. Second Harvest food donors are protected by Ontario's Donation of Food Act, 1994. This legislation protects those who, in good faith, donate or distribute fresh food.
There used to be a EU law which regulated the size and beauty of vegetables and fruit.
GB had to throw out about 25% of the harvest.
In the UK as much as 30% of vegetable crops are not harvested due to their failure to meet retailers' exacting standards on physical appearance.
Now we are supposed to buy local agricultural food. I am all for that - but not that EU exports chicken to Africa. Chicken which sells cheaper than the chickens produced locally in Africa. So the chickenfarms close down.
All of those things - supermarket waste going to shelters etc, catering food given to agencies that distribute food, food donated by restaurant to shelters - are done in Canada on a regular basis. No lawsuits I'm aware of.
There are rules about handling food in all of these situations but it's been happening for at least 20 years.
In the case of cereals (Figure 3), wheat is the dominant crop supply in medium- and high-income countries,
and the consumer phase is the stage with largest losses, between 40-50% of total cereal food waste.
In low-income regions rice is the dominant crop, especially in the highly populated region of South and
Southeast Asia. For these regions, agricultural production and post-harvest handling and storage are
stages in the FSC with relatively high food losses, as opposed to the distribution and consumption levels.