Debate on best-before date produces new business ideas

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The business partners, Dan Cluderay and Andy Needham

The business partners, Dan Cluderay and Andy Needham, deliver short-dated foods and items which are past the best-before date to about 600 households with your company approved foods. Photo: Approved Food

Carrots

Asda (UK) is currently trialling wonky vegetables, e.g. the carrots shown here. These are available at a range of supermarkets, along with food that is past its best-before date or which has lost some of its appeal for other reasons. Photo: Asda Stores Limited.

Best before dates

Best before or best by dates are only advisory and refer to the quality of the product.Food kept after the best before date will not necessarily be harmful, but may begin to lose its optimum flavour and texture. Foto: Björn Wylezich / fotolia.com

Bump Mark

Bump Mark – a layer of gelatin embedded in the packaging – is a freshness label that provides tactile information whether food is still edible or whether it has gone off. Photo: www.design-by-sol.com

Foto: Approved Food

Foto: Approved Food

The German Federal Minister of Food, Christian Schmidt (CSU)

The German Federal Minister of Food, Christian Schmidt (of the conservative party CSU) wants to halve food waste by 2030. “We’ve been throwing away masses of good food because manufacturers have built too much of a safety buffer into their systems.” Photo: BMEL/photothek/Michael Gottschalk