I think this is FANTASTIC news. A major supermarket chain is selling food that is past the ‘best before’.
In my opinion, this is an awesome idea. It not only reduces food waste but there is the money saving cost too. There’s nothing wrong with a can of beans which has a date stamped on it from last month. It’s a sensible move and a lot of food gets thrown out when it’s perfectly fine. We need to use our sense & senses rather than just referring to a number on a packet.
Roger Grosvenor, who is the Joint chief executive of Easy Of England Co-Op, said: “This is not a money-making exercise, but a sensible move to reduce food waste and keep edible food in the food chain. By selling perfectly edible food we can save 50,000 plus items every year that would otherwise have gone to waste. The vast majority of customers understand they are fine to eat.”
The Food Standards Agency says that the best before date is about quality rather than safety. Food may be past it’s prime but it is safe to eat after this date.
Obviously don’t be daft and eat food that has clearly gone off, but that’s where looking at it, smelling it and being sensible comes into play.
Would you buy, cook and eat food past it’s ‘best before’ date? Let me know on Twitter.