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How much food do we waste?

VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
Today's article in the Guardian made me think how much food we buy ends up in the bin. I own up to not checking a use-by or a best-before date regularly enough and dumping some of my dairy products when the expiry date has been passed. What about you? Are you more vigilant when it comes to not wasting food?


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I have to say that unless the food is obvious off, I still will eat it if it is a bit after its sell by date. And canned food, sometimes I have eaten when it was way out of date with no ill effects. I think they always play safe @Vok and things usually last a lot longer than they suggest.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    You're right that you can eat some products after the expiry date without running the risk of getting food poisoning @mheredge . Although I'm aware of that, I can't bring myself to eat most of the expired food. I mean I wouldn't derive any pleasure from eating as the thought that something might be wrong with the food would loom large. In that respect I admire my grandma who doesn't seem to waste any food at all, but she went through the WWII.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    I did throw away some fish paste that was a week past it's use by date. I don't mess with fish @Vok as this can be nasty if it is off.
  • VokVok Posts: 535 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge the odour of stale fish is really disgusting.
    Would you fancy buying food past its 'best bedore' at a reduced price of course if such a store was available in your area?
    Co-op to sell food past its 'best before' date in bid to cut waste

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 31,042 mod
    Carrefour sell meat products half price when they reach the last day they are supposed to be used, meaning that they need to be eaten on that day @Vok. I thought it was illegal for them to sell things like this past it's best by date, but for things like biscuits or pasta, I'm sure there's no harm in it at all.
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