Shops Bin £1bn of Food Before it Even Hits the Shelves

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's food producers and retailers manage to bin a staggering 400,000 tonnes of food before it even goes on sale, roughly the equivalent of enough bruised fruit, off-colour apples and slightly squashed loaves to assemble 950 million meals.

According to Sky News, Tesco is set to reveal its wastage figures, which will show that 50,000 tonnes, or around one per cent of all food products, are chucked before going on sale. The cost of recycling and damage to the appearance of stuff in transit are the key reasons so much edible stuff fails at the final hurdle to enter us. [Sky]

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