FOOD SAFETY WEEK
-10th JULY 2016
In the UK we throw away 7 million tonnes of
food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which
could have been eaten.
Wasting this food costs the average household
£470 a year. If we all stopped wasting food the
benefit to the planet would be the equivalent of taking 1 in 4 cars
off the road.
There are two main reasons why we throw away
we buy or make too much or we don't
use it in time.
Our research tells us that people can be
confused about the difference between ‘Use By’ and Best Before’
dates, that they don’t always know what can be safely cooked or
frozen, and that some people are taking risks with their health and
that of their loved ones to make food go further.
So this year the FSA will focus its Food
Safety Week (Monday 4 to Sunday 10 July) on ways in which we can
all waste less food - safely.
But there’s also a bigger
With the global population set to rise to over
9.5 billion by 2050  there are huge pressures facing the world's
We do not yet know what the future will bring
for food, but we do know that business as usual is not an option.
And we know that we can all contribute to a better food future by
reducing the amount of food we waste.
Food waste is a global issue; according to the
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) about
one third of the global food production is lost or wasted annually
So this is an issue that the FSA wants to play
an active role in addressing – not just by helping people reduce
what they waste in their homes but by adding our voice to the
In March 2015 the FSA was a founding signatory
in WRAPS Courtauld 2025  agreement, which aims to
reduce the resource intensity of the UK’s food
and drink by one-fifth, saving £20 billion in 10 years and bring
together leading organisations from across the food chain to work
together to tackle food and drink waste, greenhouse gas emissions
and water intensity.
2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, United Nations