Reducing household food waste – United Kingdom
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- Over the last 20 years the dairy industry has invested heavily in improvements in technology and techniques. These have resulted in dairy products with much longer shelf-lives and better packaging which have lead to significant improvements in the quality and longevity of our products. Dairy products now come in a variety of portion sizes and these continue to evolve, for example a 50g pack has been developed for butter which has been designed to avoid unnecessary food waste. In addition, milk is available in a wide range of sizes from singe portion milk pots up and 6-pint bottles and larger. In figures presented by WRAP, only a small percentage of consumers were found to be dissatisfied with the range of portion sizes available for dairy products sold in the UK.
- As indicated, the industry has also and will continue to improve shelf life of the dairy products available to consumers in the UK, with the shelf-life of milk increasing from 4 days to 12 days in the last 20 years, with consumers expecting about 10 days from purchase. In addition the shelf life of many other fresh and processed dairy products has improved in the UK.
- Dairy UK is also working with the Waste Resource Action Program (WRAP) on messages and initiatives to promote the reduction of household dairy waste including their Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
- Keeping your fridge at a cool 1-5 degrees will keep your milk fresher for longer
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