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Co-op will be selling food items that have passed their best before date but are still safe to eat. Prices will start from as little as 20p.
Many food products are thrown away by supermarkets if they have been left on the shelves and are past their sell-by date.
However, some supermarkets are now selling these products, but at lower prices, in order to cut down on food waste.
Co-op will start selling products that are two days past their sell-by date if they are fresh, or seven days if they are dry foods.
The dry products will range from tinned fruit, pasta, rice, confectionary, and condiments.
Sugar, coffee, and tea will also be discounted.
As for fresh food products, Co-op will sell out of date fruit and vegetables.
Even though they are past their best before date, the foods are safe to eat as long as they have been stored correctly.
The best before date indicates only when the food is at its best in terms of quality.
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According to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), food that has passed its sell-by date may not taste as good, but it will not cause you any harm.
However, it is unsafe to eat meats and ready-to-eat salads that have past their sell-by date.
But it is possible to tell if these foods have gone off due to their change in colour or smell.
Only 13 Co-op stores in southern England will be selling foods that have passed their sell-by date, and the scheme is starting out as a 12-week trial.
Two Co-op stores in Hampshire have already been selling food past its sell-by date and the move proved to be popular with customers.
If the scheme is successful at more southern English shops in the coming weeks, it could be rolled out to other stores across the country.
Co-op stores in the east of England, however, have been offering out of date dried foods to customers since 2017.
Co-op is the first and only UK supermarket to have a scheme like this one in order to cut down on food waste.
However, Morrisons does sell boxes of products that are close to their expiry dates via the Too Good To Go app.
Co-op hopes that selling food past its sell-by date will help tackle the issue of food waste in the UK.
Up to five million tonnes of food is thrown away in Britain every year.
Gemma Lacey, Director of Sustainability and Communications at Southern Co-op (the branch of the company overlooking its stores in southern England), said: “People are more aware than ever of the impact of unnecessary food waste.
“We want to go one step further and prove that a large number of products are still tasty and good enough to eat past their best before date.
“We hope this will also raise awareness that there are products in the back of people’s cupboards which don’t need to be thrown away.”
The Co-op stores in southern England trialling the scheme
Widcombe Hill, Bath
Salisbury Road, Blandford
Winsley Road, Bradford-On-Avon
Nunney Road, Frome
Tangier Road, Portsmouth
High Street, Lambourn
The Square, Mere
Crosier Close, Old Sarum
Beaufoy Close, Shaftesbury
High Street, Shrewton
Station Road, Sturminster
Mudford Road, Yeovil
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