Labour to abolish 'sell by' date
It is somewhat apt that a government which is itself way past its 'sell by' date is to abolish the whole concept of a 'sell by' date, thereby eliminating from the political vernacular a must useful term of derision. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has also announced plans to eliminate the 'display until' date because 'thousands of tonnes of perfectly good food are mistakenly thrown away every year'.
According to Channel 4, '370,000 tonnes of food are thrown away each year after passing the “best before” date, and another 40,000 tonnes are not even opened by consumers'.
Since it is only the 'use before' date which has any bearing on food safety, this proposal would appear to be eminently sensible. It beggars belief that we discard 403,000 tons of perfectly edible food per annum, presumably to landfill. The developed world has both the means and ability to end hunger and starvation in the poorest parts of the world: it lacks only the political will. But there is something morally repugnant about a society which is content to discard mountains of perfectly edible fresh food while its own poorest live on the most meagre diets of e-numbers, preservatives, additives, toxins, emulsifiers, stabilisers, sweeteners and colourings.