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Metro stores take a big step, and risk, with move on reusable containers

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The Métro family of grocery stores announced recently that they would become the first major grocery store chain in the country to allow customers to bring their own reusable containers for packaging. The policy only applies in the province of Quebec. Even though other grocers are likely to make similar announcements soon, this is a benchmark policy that clearly sets a precedent. A good decision from the Quebec-based grocer, but such an approach does come with its share of risks.

Quebec's Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries gave its blessing and allowed this to occur. Before, retailers were solely responsible for the safety of the food served or sold in stores and refused to fill containers they did not own, so the onus was solely on them. Now, responsibilities are shared by both parties, Métro and customers alike. However, containers must be plain and neutral, free of bar codes and logos. Containers must be thoroughly clean and not damaged in any way. Glass containers are prohibited due to handling risks. Clerks at the grocery store will have to ensure there's........

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