6 Hacks That’ll Help You Tell If Food Has Gone Off Without Tasting It

How regularly do you pour unused milk down the sink, throw away limp vegetables and discard soft fruit? The answer is probably far too often.

In the UK, we throw away 6.6 million tonnes of household food waste a year, according to the environmental charity WRAP, and almost three quarters of that could have been eaten.

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced a new policy to help tackle the problem. From the end of January, the retailer will replace “use-by” dates with “best before” dates on 90% of its own-brand milk and will encourage customers to use a “sniff test” to check the quality before chugging.

A sour aroma or curdled consistency is a sign the milk has been spoiled, the shops says, and a spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has confirmed a “best before” label is fine with milk.

Milk aside, we could all be doing more to tackle the problem of food waste – and save ourselves money on the weekly shopping bill in the time of action.

In general, “use-by” labels are used for safety purposes while “best before” labels indicate when a food’s quality may decline.

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