North Devon Council are asking residents to think about their food waste ahead of Food Safety Week next week.

North Devon Council (NDC) is urging people to think about their food waste ahead of Food Safety Week next week.

The council is backing the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) campaign, and are encouraging those in the district to make use of their freezers.

Research shows 68% of adults in the UK have thrown food away in the last month, while a total of seven million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away each year.

NDC’s executive member for health and wellbeing, councillor Brian Moores, said: “Lots of people believe food can only be frozen on the day of purchase, but the freezer is like a pause button and you can safely freeze most foods right up to the use-by date.

“With so much food being thrown away in the UK each year, we want North Devon residents to think about how they can use their freezers to their full potential, rather than putting food in the bin.”

The council and FSA recommend using frozen food within three to six months and checking for any freezing instructions on packaging.

For more information, visit www.food.gov.uk

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