Food waste: Asda removes best before dates from 250 food items
Staff, 2022-08-31 03:19:00,
With the cost of living crisis a very worrying issue for people across Britons, shoppers are keen to cut down on costs.
Supermarkets such as Asda have proposed a new initiative that will not only save shoppers money but reduce food waste too.
From Thursday September 1, Asda is scrapping the best before dates from 250 fruit and vegetable items.
This will include but is not limited to citrus fruits, potatoes, cauliflowers and carrots.
The move means that Asda customers will not be needlessly chucking away perfectly food and replacing it.
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It also gives customers autonomy over whether something is okay to eat.
It is important to distinguish between best before dates and use by dates.
According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA) these two dates must be “treated differently”.
The agency stated: “Food may contain bacteria and if stored for too long or at the wrong temperature, can cause food poisoning.
“So it’s important to understand the different types of dates and advice on food packaging.”
The body explained that while a use by date relates to “food safety”, a best date relates to “food quality”.
This means that while customers should take a use by date very seriously and adhere to the instructions on the packaging, they can make their own decisions when it comes to the best before date.
For foods with a best before date, shoppers can use the “sniff test” to see if a food product is appropriate to…
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