UK supermarkets remove labels with expiration dates from products (photo)

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UK supermarkets remove labels with expiration dates from products (photo)

Marks & Spencer will remove “best before” information from 300 types of fruits and vegetables. The British company Morrisons offers to check the sour milk for smell.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) in the UK wants to remove expiration date labels from 300 fruits and vegetables this week. The British newspaper The Guardian writes about this.

The retailer explained the plan with a desire to reduce food waste. 85% of fresh products in supermarkets will not have labels.

UK supermarkets remove labels with expiration dates from products (photo)

M&S is going to offer customers to buy 3 bananas, not a whole bunch. The company plans to halve food waste by 2030 and redistribute 100% of edible surplus food by 2025.

UK Supermarkets remove labels with expiration dates from products (photo)

M&S director of food technology, Andrew Clappen, said that supermarkets should take a course to reduce the amount of food wasted as much as possible.

“That requires being innovative and ambitious – removing expiration dates where it's safe to do so, trying new ways to sell and encouraging our customers to be creative with leftovers,” he said.

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In January, the UK company Morrisons dropped production date labels and asked customers to use a 'smell test' to check the suitability of cow's milk.

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Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket chain, has announced that they will be removing expiration date labels for fruits and vegetables in 2018. The German chain Lidl does not print expiration dates on products.

UK Supermarkets remove labels with expiration dates from food (photo)

According to Wrap, a charity that works in the field of food waste control, potatoes have become the most discarded product in the UK. After it comes bread and milk.

Specialists have estimated that 45% of global greenhouse gas emissions can be dealt with by changing the way food is produced and consumed.

“We are calling on supermarkets to tackle food waste, remove date labels from fresh produce, and let people make their own decisions,” experts say.

Focus previously wrote about the impact of the economic crisis following the coronavirus pandemic on Buckingham Palace. Over the past year, royal family spending has risen by 17% to over £102m.

Queen Elizabeth didn't renew her fleet and drives a 2001 Range Rover.

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