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Reducing food waste through better labelling – A chance to make Your Voice heard!

[21/07/17]

Draft guidance has been produced by WRAP to update guidance to businesses on the application of food date marks and related advice. The guidance is available for review and comment until 3rd August 2017. Click here for full details.

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Rising levels of food waste from homes, commercial and industrial sources is one of the greatest sustainability challenges we face today. WRAP estimate that in the UK we throw away over 10 million tonnes of food each year, at a value of over £17 billion and equating to around 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. It is estimated that 60% of this waste could have been avoided. One way to tackle this is through more informative and useful food product labelling, to avoid unspoilt food going to waste.

WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) are working with UK Government and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to update industry guidance on the application of on-pack date and related advice, such as a storage and freezing guidance. The aim of the guidance is to assist further reductions in food waste at home and remove key barriers to redistribution, this includes:

 

The consultation is open to all. WRAP are particularly interested in hearing from large and small food businesses from the retail and hospitality and foodservice sectors, food producers and manufacturers, those involved in the redistribution of food surplus and those responsible for the enforcement of food safety regulations.

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