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Tesco is removing ‘best before’ labels to help cut down on food waste

Tesco has announced that it will no longer use ‘best before dates’ on many of its fresh products.
The consumption guidance dates will be removed from nearly 70 fruit and vegetable lines, which the retailer says will help to reduce the amount of edible food that gets thrown away.

Apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and other citrus fruit and onions are among the items to have their labels changed. ‘Best before’ labels are put on a wide-range of foods as an indicator of quality. ‘When the date is passed, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture,’ NHS guidelines state.

MORE: ICELAND SUPERMARKET IS TRIALLING A REVERSE VENDING MACHINE They differ to ‘use by’ dates, which are found on foods that go off quickly, like fish, meat and ready-prepared salads. The NHS advises to avoid using use any food or drink after the end of the ‘use by’ label, ‘even if it looks and smells fine’.

After research by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes found that less than half of respondents understood the meaning of ‘best before’ dates, Tesco hopes the changes to its packaging will prevent consumable food from going to waste. ‘We know some customers may be confused by the difference between “best before” and “use by” dates on food and this can lead to perfectly edible items being thrown away before they need to be discarded,’ Tesco Head of Food Waste Mark Little explains. ‘We have made this change to fruit and vegetable packaging as they are among the most wasted foods.

Many customers have told us that they assess their fruit and vegetables by the look of the product rather than the “best before” date code on the packaging.’ Anti-waste campaign organisation WRAP has estimated that changes to product labelling could prevent around 350,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste (with a value of around GBP1 billion a year). The group says that giving consumers longer to make use of the food they buy has the potential to radically reduce this figure.

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Tesco is removing ‘best before’ labels to help cut down on food waste

Tesco has announced that it will no longer use ‘best before dates’ on many of its fresh products.
The consumption guidance dates will be removed from nearly 70 fruit and vegetable lines, which the retailer says will help to reduce the amount of edible food that gets thrown away.

Apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and other citrus fruit and onions are among the items to have their labels changed. ‘Best before’ labels are put on a wide-range of foods as an indicator of quality. ‘When the date is passed, it doesn’t mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture,’ NHS guidelines state.

MORE: ICELAND SUPERMARKET IS TRIALLING A REVERSE VENDING MACHINE They differ to ‘use by’ dates, which are found on foods that go off quickly, like fish, meat and ready-prepared salads. The NHS advises to avoid using use any food or drink after the end of the ‘use by’ label, ‘even if it looks and smells fine’.

After research by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes found that less than half of respondents understood the meaning of ‘best before’ dates, Tesco hopes the changes to its packaging will prevent consumable food from going to waste. ‘We know some customers may be confused by the difference between “best before” and “use by” dates on food and this can lead to perfectly edible items being thrown away before they need to be discarded,’ Tesco Head of Food Waste Mark Little explains. ‘We have made this change to fruit and vegetable packaging as they are among the most wasted foods.

Many customers have told us that they assess their fruit and vegetables by the look of the product rather than the “best before” date code on the packaging.’ Anti-waste campaign organisation WRAP has estimated that changes to product labelling could prevent around 350,000 tonnes of avoidable food waste (with a value of around GBP1 billion a year). The group says that giving consumers longer to make use of the food they buy has the potential to radically reduce this figure.

MORE: THIS PLANT HAS BEEN NAMED ‘PLANT OF THE YEAR’ AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW (Via Women’s Health UK) Like this?

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Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20

Tesco is selling a bridal range that is perfect for a bride-to-be or anyone tasked with organising a hen do this season.
The bridal collection is so stylish and yet super affordable, with everything costing under GBP20!

The range is in stores now and includes swimwear, pyjamas, slippers, robes and slogan t-shirts. For the bridal party at the hen do the “Bride Squad” slogan tees are perfect. And for the bride there is a black t-shirt that reads: “Pop The Champagne, I’m Changing My Last Name” in rose gold foil, featuring a champagne bottle and glass with sparkly sequin details.

BUY NOW: F&F Bride Squad Sequin Slogan T-Shirt, GBP8
BUY NOW: F&F Bridal Slogan Wedding T-Shirt, GBP8 For the bride to cosy up the night before her big day there’s a white slogan nightdress, robe and slippers with gold foil detailing.
Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bride Foil Slogan Jersey Robe, GBP16

Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bride To Be Slide Slider Slippers, GBP6 Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bridal Slogan Sleep T-Shirt, GBP8 And for the bridal party and mother of the bride there is matching blush pink and grey sleepwear!
Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bride Squad Foil Slogan Jersey Robe, GBP16
Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bride Squad Slider Slippers, GBP6

Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bridal Slogan Sleep T-Shirt, GBP8 Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Mother of the Bride Foil Slogan Jersey Robe, GBP16 Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Mother Of The Bride Slider Slippers, GBP6

If you’re lucky enough to be having your hen party abroad or getting married in the sun there’s white slogan swimwear for you and matching black swimsuits for your ‘Bride Squad’. Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bride Slogan Swimsuit, GBP14 Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bride Squad Slogan Swimsuit, GBP14

Or if you’d like something a little more subtle Tesco is also selling a stunning white bikini with a bandeau top and matching bottoms that feature sweet petal trim detailing for just GBP20 in total! Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20
BUY NOW: F&F Bridal Petal Trim Bandeau Bikini Top, GBP12
Tesco is selling a stylish bridal range and everything is under £20

BUY NOW: F&F Bridal Petal Trim Bikini Briefs, GBP8 Now, can someone please let us organise their hen party so we can pick up some things from this stylish range?

(Main image: Getty)

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