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New Labelling From Sainsbury’s to Help Stop £2 Billion of Food Being Wasted

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New Labelling From Sainsbury’s to Help Stop £2 Billion of Food Being Wasted

New Labelling From Sainsbury’s to Help Stop £2 Billion of Food Being Wasted
February 14
12:17 2012

New labelling currently being rolled out across Sainsbury’s stores around the UK will advise customers to freeze food as soon as possible up to the product’s use by date. WRAP research shows that 60% of consumers beleive that food has to be frozen on the day of purchase, which is reinforced by current labelling. Changing this advice will help stop over-cautious shoppers from throwing away up to 800,000 tonnes of perfectly good food each year.

Beth Hart, Sainsbury’s head of product technology for fresh and frozen, says: “The ‘freeze on day of purchase’ advice needs to be changed as there is no food safety reason why it cannot be frozen at any point prior to the use by date. As a large UK retailer, we have a responsibility to minimise food waste where possible and this new labelling will certainly help us do that. As one customer pointed out to me while discussing the previous labelling, ‘how does the product know which day I purchased it on?’”

Research from Sainsbury’s shows that 62 per cent of the UK regularly uses the freezer to lengthen the life of food, while in a separate study by WRAP, only 21 per cent of people interviewed had frozen food nearing its use by date during the past week. For this reason, it is hoped that the new labelling, which has been drawn up in consultation with WRAP will have a great impact.

WRAP figures show that UK households waste around 7.2 million tonnes of food and drink every single year, most of which could have been eaten, costing families up to £50 every single month. WRAP believes that using the freezer more effectively could have a positive impact on customers’ wallets and the environment. WRAP research has also shown that most freezers are only three quarters full, and making more use of freezers is one of the best ways to reduce food waste.

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