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New UK initiative wants to take "sell-by" dates off packages, says it will save £12 in wasted food #yikes

New UK initiative wants to take "sell-by" dates off packages, says it will save £12 in wasted food #yikes

The U.K. is asking food and beverage companies to scrap “sell-by” and “display-until” labels to avoid customer confusion and reduce the amount of usable food that ends up in the garbage. Photo: Edward, Creative Commons Find your local recycling solution for food waste At least 60 percent of household food waste in the United Kingdom is avoidable, according to the U.K. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Of the 8.3 million metric tons of food waste that U.K. households throw away annually, 5.3 million metric tons is perfectly edible food. Much of that food is wasted due to customer confusion over “sell-by” and “display-until” labels, the U.K. company Waste and Resources Action Programme found. But now DEFRA has published new guidelines for food and drink makers recommending that the companies use clearer date labels to make it easier for customers to...

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