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'Look, smell, taste' before chucking out food

The Local · 19 Mar 2012, 14:18

Published: 19 Mar 2012 12:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Mar 2012 14:18 GMT+01:00

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“The best-before date is not the day to throw something away, rather it is an orientation aide,” said Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner on Monday, the start of a campaign to reduce waste.

People should, “look, smell and try” goods which are older than their best-before date, she said, warning that people should not confuse best-before dates with the use-by dates on things such as meat. The latter should be complied with, she said.

Aigner was launching a campaign to reduce the nearly 82 kilos of food each person in the country chucks out on average each year - contributing to the total of 11 million tonnes nationally - much of which could safely be eaten.

Most products can be safely and tastily eaten for several days after the best-before date, said Aigner as she announced that around four million leaflets would be handed out in 21,000 supermarkets across the country.

The President of the Association of German Groceries Traders Friedhelm Dornseifer said the industry hoped, “that more products will in the future end up on the plate rather than in the garbage.”

But he said the industry was not interested in changing or dropping the best-before dates, saying it had proved itself to be useful.

The Green party said Aigner’s campaign was missing the main source of food waste. “By far the biggest share of thrown away food is fruit and vegetables where there is no use-by date,” said Nicole Maisch, the party’s consumer spokeswoman.

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A survey commissioned by Aigner’s ministry showed that nearly one in five of people who were aware of the current discussion about food waste were already changing their habits.

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Your comments about this article

13:38 March 19, 2012 by sps7
82 Tonnes chucked out by each person! How much do they eat??

Kilos i suspect.
14:38 March 19, 2012 by catjones
Section VII, paragraph A, subsection 1.12 clearly states that you cannot use the words 'german' and 'judgement' in the same sentence or 'same train of thought'.
15:05 March 19, 2012 by melcart
Let me get this straight...

The EU farmers produce far more food than we can eaten, so we have to pay them not to grow so much.

Now it turns out that some of what does manage to reach the market is wasted. The Consumer Minister therefore thinks we should try very hard not to waste so much.

But if its not wasted, then to maintain the system of price supports we will have to pay the farmers even more so that they will grow even less... ;-)
16:35 March 19, 2012 by derExDeutsche

Absolutely right. Sounds like they are testing the waters for an 'Agricultural Adjustment Act'. To reduce supply and therefore drive up demand and prices. Hell, they are already paying Wind Farms not to produce electricity, why not food farmers too.
11:47 March 20, 2012 by Englishted
If you smelt it first you would never eat Gorgonzola.
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