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Saturday, 03 December 2022 10:28 GMT

Since food waste worries are high, 'Best Before' labels inspected

(MENAFN) As awareness increases around the globe regarding the issue of food waste, one culprit in particular is drawing inspection: “best before” labels.

Producers have used the labels for years to predict top freshness. Not like “use by” labels, which are found on perishable foods such as meat and dairy, “best before” labels have nothing to do with safety and may encourage customers to throw away food that is perfectly good to eat.

“They read these dates and then they assume that it’s bad, they can’t eat it and they toss it, when these dates don’t actually mean that they’re not edible or they’re not still nutritious or tasty," on the words of Patty Apple, a director at Food Shift, an Alameda, California, nonprofit that collects and consumes expired or imperfect foods.

To stop the issue, main U.K. chains such as Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer lately removed “best before” labels from prepackaged fruit and vegetables.


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