Restaurant waste served up as food called ’pagpag’ by poor Filipinos struggling to survive

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Thousands of hungry families living in slums in the Philippines are surviving on what is locally known as pagpag, a dish made from discarded restaurant food. Scavenged from garbage bins and collection sites, the food destined for landfills is washed and recooked before being sold.

The country’s national anti-poverty commission has issued warnings about pagpag, a name which refers to “shaking off” dirt, saying it can contribute to malnutrition.

While there are no reported cases of deaths related to pagpag consumption so far, there are concerns about its links to diseases such as Hepatitis A, typhoid, diarrhoea and cholera.

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