Food loss

  • Rethink excessive focus on freshness
- The Japan News

Jan 12, 2018-Food loss is a loss to society as a whole. To reduce food waste, corporations and consumers must change their mental attitude on the matter. Food loss in this country, due to unsold, returned, leftover and other goods, is estimated at 6.2 million tons annually. Food loss is a waste of precious resources, and it strains corporate management. One major factor behind food loss is the existence of the “one-third rule,” a commercial practice involving processed foods. The rule does not allow manufacturers and wholesalers to deliver products to retail stores if these goods have passed one-third of the period that extend from their production to their best-before dates. This standard means that products still fit to eat are compulsorily discarded. On the sales floor, too, products are removed if they are within a certain period up to their best-before dates. What is required of the industry is to spread appropriate knowledge about products. The best-before date differs from the consume-by date, which is labeled on perishable goods. The former represents the period of time during which foods can be best enjoyed—not a date by which such products must be immediately discarded. Manufacturers should endeavor to address the issue, too. 

Published: 12-01-2018 07:47

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