East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) is supporting this year’s Food Safety Week which begins today, which aims to help people understand how to waste less food, by making more use of their freezers.
New research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that 68 per cent of UK adults report they have thrown food away in the past month.
This contributes to the seven million tonnes of food that is wasted in the UK each year which, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, costs each household around £470 annually.
ENC is backing the FSA’s campaign to encourage residents in East Northamptonshire and across the UK to help tackle the problem of food waste by planning ahead and, if necessary, to freeze food within its use by date if there is a chance of throwing it away once the use-by date expires.
Cllr Steven North, leader of ENC, said: “Reducing waste is a key priority for East Northamptonshire Council and by supporting this campaign we recognise the importance of keeping residents and businesses well informed and healthy, with the added bonus of helping them to get better value from their weekly shop.”
ENC environmental health officer, Anneli Tattersall, said: “Lots of people believe food can only be frozen on the day of purchase, but the freezer is like a pause button and you can safely freeze most foods right up to the use by date.
“Although we recommend you freeze it as soon as you know you aren’t going to use it, before its use by date expires.
“With so much food being thrown away in the UK each year, we want East Northamptonshire residents to think about how they can use their freezers to their full potential, rather than putting food in the bin.”
For more information on freezing food safely, click here or follow @foodgov #EatitCookitFreezeit on Twitter for tips and advice throughout Food Safety Week.
For tips on how to reduce food waste, click here.
To speak to a member of ENC’s Health Protection team, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01832 742055.