Do you eat food past its ‘best before’ date?MoneySaving Poll Results

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This week the East of England Co-op joined the likes of online retailer Approved Food and others in selling food beyond its 'best before' date to try to reduce waste (read more on what 'best before' means).

When you find food at home past its best before, what do you do?



Results

I’m female aged under 25 (313 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before15 votes (5%)
I usually chuck it out31 votes (10%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide171 votes (55%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off96 votes (31%)
I’m female aged 25 – 34 (1363 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before49 votes (4%)
I usually chuck it out84 votes (6%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide760 votes (56%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off470 votes (34%)
I’m female aged 35 – 49 (2940 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before96 votes (3%)
I usually chuck it out154 votes (5%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide1551 votes (53%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off1139 votes (39%)
I’m female aged 50 – 64 (3329 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before79 votes (2%)
I usually chuck it out141 votes (4%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide1758 votes (53%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off1351 votes (41%)
I’m female aged 65+ (1421 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before22 votes (2%)
I usually chuck it out43 votes (3%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide704 votes (50%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off652 votes (46%)
I’m male aged under 25 (256 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before23 votes (9%)
I usually chuck it out25 votes (10%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide134 votes (52%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off74 votes (29%)
I’m male aged 25 – 34 (903 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before41 votes (5%)
I usually chuck it out80 votes (9%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide473 votes (52%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off309 votes (34%)
I’m male aged 35 – 49 (1233 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before57 votes (5%)
I usually chuck it out108 votes (9%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide610 votes (49%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off458 votes (37%)
I’m male aged 50 – 64 (1284 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before39 votes (3%)
I usually chuck it out59 votes (5%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide556 votes (43%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off630 votes (49%)
I’m male aged 65+ (1026 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before20 votes (2%)
I usually chuck it out30 votes (3%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide395 votes (38%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off581 votes (57%)
I’m agender (or I don’t wish to disclose my gender) (50 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before5 votes (10%)
I usually chuck it out8 votes (16%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide16 votes (32%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off21 votes (42%)

                   14,118 votes received.

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