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Antrim and Newtownabbey Supports Food Safety Week

05 July 2016

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is supporting this year’s Food Safety Week (4-10 July). This year, the aim of the campaign is to encourage people to make more use of their freezers, instead of wasting food.

New research from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has revealed that 68% of UK adults have thrown food away in the past month. The main reason behind food being discarded was buying too much food and not eating it before its use by date.
This contributes to the seven million tonnes of food that is wasted in the UK each year which, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, costs each household around £470 annually.

The Council is backing the FSA’s campaign to encourage residents in the Borough to help tackle the problem of food waste by planning ahead. Residents can do this by freezing food within its use by date if there is a chance it may be thrown out once the use by date expires. 

Colin Kelly, Environmental Health Manager for the Council commented:  “Lots of people believe food can only be frozen on the day of purchase, however in actual fact, you can safely freeze most foods right up to the day before the use by date. You can even cook defrosted meat into a new meal and freeze it to eat on another day. With so much food being thrown away in the UK each year, we want residents to think about how they can use their freezers to their full potential, rather than putting food in the bin. The FSA recommends eating frozen food within three to six months and checking for any freezing instructions on the packaging. Once fully defrosted, it should then be eaten within 24 hours.”

For more information on freezing food safely, visit www.food.gov.uk/useby or follow @foodgov #EatitCookitFreezeit on Twitter for tips and advice throughout Food Safety Week.