Loving Our Food and Keeping It Out of the Trash
By Emily Lomax
Reducing our waste doesn’t have to be hard – there are some easy fixes that will noticeably lower food waste, while saving money and time.
Write a list and stick to it.
Keep a list on the fridge of all the perishable items that need to be eaten.
Make sure to understand the reason for throwing an item away (such as food date labels)
Best-before date: An indication of optimal freshness, flavour, nutritional content and texture – not an indication of food safety.
Expiration date: Used for very specific foods with strict compositional and nutritional specifications (i.e. formulated liquid diets, meal replacements). Canadian Food Inspection Agency advices people to throw out items that are past the expiration date.
Use-by date: An equivialnt to ‘best-before date’, specific to pre-packaged fresh yeast.
Other date markings, including ‘sell-by’, ‘prepared on’, ‘freeze-by’, and ‘manufactured-on’, are volunteary date markings that retailers may provide to be useful to customers, as long as they are not misleading.
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