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The Huffington Post: Do you pick up a packet of chips from your pantry and throw it out after seeing it is past its ‘best before’ date (much to your dismay)? What many people might not know is that you don’t have to. In fact, throwing out foods which are not off is contributing to the one in five shopping bag’s worth of food Australians throw out every week.

Understanding the difference between Australia’s expiration labels is crucial for knowing how long you can safely keep your food so it doesn’t end up in landfill