Change food law to make supermarkets clearly display best before dates on ALL fresh food.
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UK law states that only prepared fresh food must state a best before date. This means supermarkets may sell fresh fruit and vegetables (unprepared) without a date displayed on the packaging.
To their credit, most of the big supermarkets do display the best before date on all fresh food despite it not being a legal requirement. Lidl and Aldi do not follow suit and the consequences of this can be significant.
Although not clearly displayed in date format, you can decode a number on the packaging if you know how to. I have found fruit with visible mould and fruit flies on sale in Lidl 9 days out of date. We are buying food of this quality purely because the decision made is an uninformed one. This needs to stop and can with a change to the parameters of the law surrounding dating fresh food to include both prepared and unprepared fresh food.
'Females lay some 400 eggs (embryos), about five at a time, into rotting fruit or other suitable material such as decaying mushrooms and sap fluxes. The eggs, which are about 0.5 mm long, hatch after 12–15 hours. Fruit flies can carry bacteria and can transmit diseases via body hairs and through saliva and faeces.'
This is not new, I recall seeing a documentary that exposed poor rotation of stock. I wrongly assumed that things would have changed but sadly nothing does until we take action. Please, sign this petition to see the change we need to keep our families healthy.
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