New Report Says to Sell Fresh Uncut Produce Loose

A recent report done by WRAP, a group campaigning against food waste, with input from industry wants to challenge the industry practice of selling fresh uncut produce in plastic packaging. Five commonly wasted items including apples, cucumbers, and potatoes were tested by storing in the original packaging and loose at varying temperature. Selling the product loose and unpackaged and removing the best by dates resulted in consumers buying the right amount of produce for their needs and using it based on their own judgement. This practice could save 100,000 tons of food waste annually along with 10,300 tons of plastic. WRAP is now calling on the UK’s major food retailers to sell product loose, remove date labels, and refrigerate produce below 5 degrees C at home.

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Posted on 22 March 2022