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How Much Food Are You Throwing Away?

Just exactly how much food are we throwing away uneaten? Ursula Hirschkorn, 36, of North London kept a diary for a week to discover just how much food her family throws out, and the amount is staggering:

The average family throws away £610 of perfectly good food each year — much of it totally untouched — according to
figures released this week. That works out at £11.73 a week. And all of that adds to the £10billion of waste across the country.


I don't throw much away, but I know who does.

I was in our local supermarket late at night, about to buy some bread from the 'bakery' stand, but an employee was standing there. Thinking he may be about to price it down I waited while he did his thing.
To my surprise he swept about 30 loaves, 40 bagels, 40 buns, 30 or so cream cakes, cookies, and much more ... into a big big plastic sack and threw it away. The big bin was in the car park near my car so I watched that happen, it certainly wasn't destined for a homeless shelter.

The bread products had reached their sell-by date and so they all went in the bin. Those loaves, if I had picked on up a second sooner, would have cost me around £1. The total cost of what they throw away every day is staggering.
And this was just a small local branch, with about 4 isles, not one of the huge places.
Tescos, every little helps (!)
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Besides the food being thrown out imagine the amount of money one spends to buy all that food at first and then not eating what you've bought.
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Most of the food I end up throwing away is because it is going south >before I get it home from the store<. Milk, bread and meat should not go bad within a few days of getting it home. (I have a new fridge with thermometers, so I know its not MY kitchen thats the problem.)

I think some stores are cutting back on their refrigeration a few degrees to save money or employees are just poorly handling items.
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Sell/use by dates are a load of rubbish put on food packaging by manufacturers to cover themselves. In general if food looks and smells off it generally is, otherwise it's fine.
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