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Food: Waste

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce levels of household food waste.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government are providing advice to consumers through WRAP’s “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign, working with the industry to improve products and practices that help households waste less through the Courtauld Commitment, and developing the evidence base on food waste causes and quantities.

In September, DEFRA published guidance on food date markings. This will help manufacturers apply clearer and consistent dates, making it easier for consumers to understand the meaning of the markings, and therefore reducing food waste.

On 15 November, WRAP announced a 1.1 million tonne, or 13%, reduction in annual UK household food waste since 2006.

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