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UK Grocery Chain Sells Food Past 'Best By' Date To Combat Waste

By Aimee Lutkin

The East of England Co-op has 125 stores throughout the United Kingdom. With that kind of clout, the chain's ability to influence how people eat is pretty widespread. The BBC reports that East of England has decided to do something pretty revolutionary: sell food past the date it's recommended they sell it in order to reduce food waste.

The U.K. alone produces 7.3 million tons of food waste every year -- much of it still perfectly edible, the Food Standards Agency reports. The "best by" date on packaging can still legally be sold, redistributed, and is usually fine to consume considerably longer than the date implies, but grocery stores don't keep the stuff on the shelves. Until now.