WRAP retail survey highlights further action needed to reduce household food waste

The findings of WRAP’s latest Retail Survey have been published in the climate NGO’s Climate NGO new report, which highlights that despite the efforts made by retailers and brands to change the labelling of food and help people avoid food waste, more needs to be done to help curb the impact the UK’s food waste is having on climate change.

WRAP has developed best practice guidance in partnership with the Food Standards Agency and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and says that if its fully implemented it could help cut household food waste by at least 350,000 tonnes per year.

Some of the most crucial aspects to prevent food waste are identified in the report as the way products are packaged, labelled, sold and priced. A focus is made on the impact this has on the ‘most wasted’ items such as fruit and vegetables, meat, dairy and bread. WRAP sees ‘open life’ (‘best within x days of opening’), and advice on storage, freezing, defrosting and use as ‘important prompts’ to help people keep what they’ve bought in the best possible condition, and use as much of the food they buy as possible.