Food waste and date labelling
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Food waste and date labelling

Issues affecting the durability

The purpose of the project has been to identify how date labelling legislation on food is practised in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and how the durability can be affected in the food supply chain. The project recommends enhanced guidance for manufacturers, retailers and consumers. When prolonging the durability of the product, the retail waste decreased significantly. The results show that the type of packaging gas and storage temperature is of great importance for the durability of food products. Consumer studies reveal a need for guidance on how long products may be eaten after opening of the package. The individual consumer needs clearer and more easily accessible information on different labelling, storage temperature and durability of products.

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Nordic Council of Ministers

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The Nordic Council of Ministers has initiated a Nordic project focusing on reducing food waste in the entire food supply chain, financed by the Green Growth Program. Food waste is an important issue not only in the Nordic countries, but also throughout the EU. Targets to reduce food waste are also included in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the United Nations.