Food waste: Have your say on how it can be avoided

Closes 29 May 2022

Reducing food waste

1. In my household, food gets thrown away because:

Please consider the following reasons and select the option that best represents your experience for each.

What do we mean by "Best before" and "Use by"

‘Best before’ refers to quality: your food will be at its best before the date given.

After this date, it might not be at its best, but it will still be safe to eat. Use your senses to make a judgement.

‘Use by’ refers to safety: you must not eat food past the ‘use by’ date.

You cannot always smell the bacteria that causes food to spoil, so after the ‘use by’ date, the food may appear perfectly fine to eat, but could still lead to food poisoning.

2. Have any lifestyle changes led your household to throw away more food? (Select all that apply)
3. What do you currently do to help reduce your household’s food waste? (Select all that apply)
4. If you use an app on your phone to help reduce food waste, which app(s) do you use? (Select all that apply)
5. What would help your household reduce food waste at home?