Waste not, want not!
By: Garry Knox
We often find ourselves in a situation where we are appalled by the amount of food that is thrown away. Not just by our loved ones but by fast food companies and supermarkets too. Often it can be food hygiene regulations, certainly where fresh food is concerned, that stops that food going to a good cause.
Not only could the amount of food going to landfill be reduced but equally it could be put to good use by the vulnerable people in our societies.
Well now a U.K. supermarket, Co-operative, have started to make some in-roads to redress the balance with a pioneering new initiative to sell food after its “best before” date. The East of England Co-op says it is the first major retailer to start selling products beyond their best before date with the aim of significantly reducing food waste in its stores.
The retailer will now sell products over their best before date in its 125 food stores for a nominal 10 pence charge. The majority of products that use best before dates will be included, such as tinned goods, packets and dried food.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises that products past their best before date are safe to consume. Also, by selling perfectly edible food, 50,000 plus items every year in the U.K. which would otherwise have gone to waste, can be consumed. WRAP estimates that the U.K. throws away £13bn worth of food each year.
Food for thought indeed!