Many consumers report being confused by food labelling dating terms such as 'Use by' and 'Best Before' which often results in edible food being wasted.
To help resove this the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has been working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to update industry guidance on the application of date marking to foods and the provision of related storage and freezing advice. The new guidance aims to help reduce food waste at home and remove barriers to redistribution of surplus food from food businesses.
A public consultation has now been issued by WRAP to seek comments on the draft guidance which can be accessed using the following link:
WRAP are particularly interested in hearing from large and small food businesses from the retail and hospitality and foodservice sectors, food producers and manufacturers, those involved in the redistribution of surplus food and those responsible for enforcement of food safety regulations.
DG Food and Drink is encouraging all our member businesses to review the new guidance and, if you have a particular view on it, to respond to the consultation to make sure that the views of small producers in particular are represented.