The Telegraph

The European Union is poised to scrap compulsory “best before” labels on coffee, rice, dry pasta, hard cheeses, jams and pickles to help reduce the estimated 100 million tons of food wasted across Europe each year.

Officials of the European Commission will table proposals next month allowing national governments to extend the list of foods that do not require best-before dates, in a move which they believe will mean 15 million tons less food a year is discarded by households wrongly worried that it is no longer fit for consumption.

The decision follows a call by Sharon Dijksma, the Dutch agriculture minister, for the EU to put its “first focus” on “best before” dates in a campaign to reduce the food waste estimated to cost families across Europe up to £500 a year.

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