The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has said that it is pleased with the news that the level of avoidable food waste in UK households has seen a drop of 21 per cent in the last five years.

Despite this, a new report released by the Waste & Resources Action Plan (WRAP) has shown that the average household in Britain still disposes of six meals each week, amounting to a cost of £60 per month.

Longer product shelf life, clearer food labelling and advancement in fish and meat packaging are all opportunities for the food and packaging industry to help cut down domestic food waste more even effectively.

To improve on this foodmanufacture.co.uk claimed that clearer freezing and defrosting guidance was needed, along with smaller packs for fresh chicken or frozen chicken.

FDF’s sustainability director, Andrew Kuyk, told packagingeurope.com that they are delighted to hear the good news that the UK households are receiving the message in regards to food waste. Throwing away uneaten food is avoidable and expensive for the government and the consumer alike.

Mr Kuyk said: “As manufacturers, we want our products to be used and enjoyed. We are strong supporters of WRAP’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign and helped develop its Fresher for Longer initiative. We are working hard with retailers and other supply chain partners to do what we can – substantial progress is being made, but we all have a lot more to do.”

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