The document is intended to help food operators who process, prepare and handle food to determine the shelf-life of their food and apply appropriate date marking. The guide is also useful for other food operators who process, prepare and handle foods for retail sale under the Food Act 1981, Animal Products Act 1999 and Food Act 2014.
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Nicholas Burge writes: Between one third and one half of food produced for human consumption is wasted each year according to the FutureFood 2050 initiative. That’s more than 1.3 billion tonnes which could, if not wasted, feed over 1.25 billion people on the planet.
Let’s look at some of the statistics for Australia provided by OzHarvest:
· In Australia, over 4 million tonnes of food is wasted per year
· That’s 178kg per person
· The retail value of this food is AUD $7.8 billion