17:28 07 November 2013
A research study conducted by publicly-funded recycling group the Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap) has revealed that British families throw away an equivalent of six meals per week.
This amounts to £60 a month per household. Reasons cited include buying too much, serving large portions and confusion over food labeling.
Wrap chief executive Dr Liz Goodwin has called on stores, food manufacturers, and the government to tackle the situation.
She said: "Consumers are seriously worried about the cost of food and how it has increased over recent years. Yet, as Wrap's research shows, we are still wasting millions of tonnes and billions of pounds.
"The UK is leading the way in tackling food waste and the 21% cut is a terrific achievement by millions of people who have taken action, saved money and helped safeguard our natural resources.
"However, there is so much more to go for and I believe we should be going for it."
Meanwhile, Dan Rogerson, the government's resource management minister, said: "Everyone has a role to play in reducing food waste and we want to see businesses helping consumers to waste less food.”
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