British supermarket Waitrose has announced its intention to remove best before dates on almost 500 products this September in a bid to tackle food waste in the home.
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Another UK supermarket chain has scrapped use-by dates on one of its own-brand products in the hopes of reducing food waste.
Approved Food and WRAP have called on the food industry not to throw away food because of 'best before' dates, claiming that consumable food often lasts beyond the label.
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The initiatives share a collective ambition to address plastic waste and pollution at its source, by moving toward a circular economy where plastic stays in the economy and out of the environment.
Ahead of this year’s Stop Food Waste Day, experts are calling for better education on best before dates to reduce the “ridiculous” amount of perfectly good food thrown away every day in the UK.
Eighty nine of the UK’s largest retailers, food producers, manufacturers, and hospitality and food service companies, including Tesco, Unilever, 2 Sisters and Brakes, have committed to ambitious milestones.
The pact signatories are collectively responsible for over 80 per cent of the plastic packaging sold through UK supermarkets.
With 7.3 million tonnes of food and drink wasted in the UK every year, supermarkets are occasionally hesitant to reveal their food waste figures, but Ocado's business model has meant that it stands out from the crowd.
Among the actions outlined is a pledge to eliminate all avoidable waste by 2050 and all avoidable plastic waste by end of 2042.
More than two million tonnes of food are thrown out every year in the UK. A third of this waste is triggered because of how shoppers interpret existing date labels. Now a new labelling system hopes to change that.