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Sell by dates axed to prevent food waste

Sell by dates axed to prevent food waste

Chefs of inspirational recipes concerned about food waste from leftovers may be getting commercial support from the removal of sell-by dates.

In an effort to curb the £12 billion a year lost in good food thrown away, the government is advising manufacturers to dispose of issuing sell-by dates on consumables.

This advice was published in Guidance to the Application of Date Marks to Food, a new paper from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs.

Under the recommendations, packaging should only carry either a use-by or best-before date.

Sell-by or display-until labels are only used for the purposes of stock rotation and many customers are believed to throw food away based on these dates.

"We want to end the food labelling confusion and make it clear once and for all when food is good and safe to eat," said environment secretary Caroline Spelman.

Environmental author and campaigner Tristram Stuart recently argued customers do care about food waste and it is the restaurant industry that should take more responsibility over the matter.

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