Good news for passionate anti-food wasters this week: Britain is going to hopefully get rid of "best before" dates so as to tackle the £680 worth of food thrown away by households each year.
New government guidelines are encouraging to bin the current two-date system, where there is a "best before" and "use by date", reducing to just one date to avoid confusion an unnecessary waste.
Foods are still safe to eat after the "best before" date has passed, this date just guarantees a certain degree of quality. However the appearance of this date has had a part to play in the enormous build up of waste over the past 60 years. From the frugal post-rationing mentality of not wasting anything to today's current yearly figure of 5.3million tonnes!
See also this Guardian article.