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

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

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 before 15 votes (5%)
I usually chuck it out 31 votes (10%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 171 votes (55%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 96 votes (31%)
I’m female aged 25 – 34 (1363 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 49 votes (4%)
I usually chuck it out 84 votes (6%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 760 votes (56%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 470 votes (34%)
I’m female aged 35 – 49 (2940 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 96 votes (3%)
I usually chuck it out 154 votes (5%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 1551 votes (53%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 1139 votes (39%)
I’m female aged 50 – 64 (3329 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 79 votes (2%)
I usually chuck it out 141 votes (4%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 1758 votes (53%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 1351 votes (41%)
I’m female aged 65+ (1421 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 22 votes (2%)
I usually chuck it out 43 votes (3%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 704 votes (50%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 652 votes (46%)
I’m male aged under 25 (256 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 23 votes (9%)
I usually chuck it out 25 votes (10%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 134 votes (52%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 74 votes (29%)
I’m male aged 25 – 34 (903 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 41 votes (5%)
I usually chuck it out 80 votes (9%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 473 votes (52%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 309 votes (34%)
I’m male aged 35 – 49 (1233 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 57 votes (5%)
I usually chuck it out 108 votes (9%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 610 votes (49%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 458 votes (37%)
I’m male aged 50 – 64 (1284 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 39 votes (3%)
I usually chuck it out 59 votes (5%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 556 votes (43%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 630 votes (49%)
I’m male aged 65+ (1026 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 20 votes (2%)
I usually chuck it out 30 votes (3%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 395 votes (38%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 581 votes (57%)
I’m agender (or I don’t wish to disclose my gender) (50 votes)
I always chuck out anything past its best before 5 votes (10%)
I usually chuck it out 8 votes (16%)
I tend to use the ‘sniff and sight’ test to decide 16 votes (32%)
I ignore best-befores and eat anyway unless it’s obviously off 21 votes (42%)

                   14,118 votes received.

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